Illinois bill proposes pilot program for medical cannabis

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A new Illinois bill calls for making a pilot program for medical cannabis permanent.

House Bill 895​, sponsored by Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) is currently being considered by the Illinois House. The bill would not only establish the pilot program, but expand qualifying conditions for medical cannabis treatment.

The bill would also allow people with autism, chronic pain, anorexia, kidney disease and several other health conditions to qualify for medical cannabis.

“Many people benefit every day from medical cannabis pain relief that they simply cannot get through opioids and other medications. Cannabis is changing lives for the better,” said Pamela Althoff, executive director for the Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois. “Yet, too many Illinoisans don’t know if they qualify for medical cannabis help, or they hear misinformation about what our members can offer."

To learn more about MCAI, a group supporting the house bill, click here​.