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Medical Marijuana Sales in Illinois Begin; Qualifying Conditions and Dispensary Locations; Medical Marijuana Reform News 2015

Medical Marijuana Sales News in the State of Illinois:

Medical marijuana sales started in the state of Illinois this week as the state embarks on its journey of marijuana reform.  Approximately 2 dozen states in the U.S. have authorized medical marijuana use and more are expected to follow this path as 2016 moves forward.  In Illinois, the legislation to legalize medical marijuana actually passed in 2013.  The process of setting up the framework that would grow, cultivate and provide the medical marijuana proved to be a laborious task in itself.  Officials in the state of Illinois plan on having about 2 dozen marijuana dispensaries set up by the end of this year, and this week, eight medical marijuana dispensaries are operational.  Medical marijuana sales have started and patients with approved access are waiting in line.  Right now, the state has approved 39 conditions which can be treated with medical marijuana.

Conditions Approved for Medical Marijuana Treatment:

Qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana in the state of Illinois include cancer, HIV, hepatitis C, spinal cord disease, glaucoma, AIDS, severe fibromyalgia, MS, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, cachexia syndrome, SCA, Parkinson’s, Tourette’s Myoclonus, Dystonia, RSD, Lupus, Interstitial Cystitis, Sjogren’s syndrome, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Neurofibromatosis, Causalgia, residual limb pain, nail-patella syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, and Hydrocephalus.  In order to gain access to available medical marijuana in the state, the patient with one of the above listed conditions must obtain a state ID card.  Qualifying for an ID card requires that the patient have proof from a certified doctor that they have one of the above listed conditions.  Additionally, the patient will be subject to a fingerprint submission and a criminal background check.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are in Business in Illinois:

About 2 dozen dispensaries are expected throughout the state of Illinois by the end of this calendar year.  Right now, there are 8 up and running.  Four are in the Chicago area.  According to reports out of the city, the cost of a quarter ounce of medical marijuana will run about $110 dollars.  The dispensary site locations are in Addison, Mundelein, North Aurora, Schaumburg, Quincy, Marion, Canton, and in Ottawa.

The wait is over in the state of Illinois.  Medical marijuana is available and despite some of the toughest state restrictions in the U.S., patients suffering from many different medical conditions now have access to the medicine.  Illinois is currently one of 23 states in the United States that has approved legislation legalizing medical marijuana.





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