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Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Extension Surfaces

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Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Extension Surfaces

Sen. William Haine (D-Alton) has introduced an amendment to Senate Bill 346 in the Illinois General Assembly that would extend the sunset date for the state’s Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act from January 1, 2018, until January 1, 2020. The new measure would expand the number of patients a designated caregiver can assist under certain conditions. It would also make changes to the language governing the verbiage of the qualifying condition “written certifications” issued by physicians in an effort to ease their concerns with appearing to vouch for the therapeutic and palliative effects of medical cannabis. 

Senate Amendment # 1 to SB 346 further makes changes to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s registry reporting requirements to the Prescription Monitoring Program and the Department of Human Services by electronic means and make changes to an employer’s interaction with employees who are qualifying patients under the pilot program. This Senate Amendment #1 to SB 346 is currently pending a hearing in the Illinois Senate Executive Committee and no official position has been taken at this time by Governor Bruce Rauner’s Administration.