(HOI) — As Illinois prepares to legalize recreational marijuana in January, Governor JB Pritzker signed two bills expanding the state’s medical cannabis program.
The first bill expands access to medical cannabis for patients with autism, chronic pain and others,
Registered nurses and physician’s assistants will be able to prescribe medical marijuana.
All of this was a pilot program set to expire in 2020, but now it’s permanent.
Bill sponsor representative Bob Morgan (D-Highwood) says medical marijuana will not be forgotten.
“Medical cannabis program and patients will remain a priority for all of us,” he said. “We will not turn our backs on the patient population, even as legalization dominates the news in 2020.”
Pritzker also signed a law allowing children using medical cannabis to have access to those medications in school.