Illinois to expand and extend medical cannabis law.

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act is about to become the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act in Illinois as Senate Bill 2023 – passed by both the Illinois House and the Senate – heads to the Governor for signature.

The changes to the medical cannabis act involve removing the sunset provision to make the act a permanent program and expanding the definition of “debilitating medical condition” to add:

  • ulcerative colitis, 
  • autism, 
  • chronic pain, 
  • irritable bowel syndrome, 
  • migraines, 
  • osteoarthritis, 
  • anorexia nervosa, 
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, 
  • Neuro-Behcet’s Autoimmune Disease, 
  • neuropathy, 
  • polycystic kidney disease, and 
  • superior canal dehiscence syndrome.

The amendment also creates a definition for a “certifying health care professional” which replaces the term Physician as the person certifying the patient’s qualifications and expands the list of those able to grant that status from just those licensed under the Medical Practice Act to those licensed under the Nurse Practice Act and the Physician Assistant Practice Act.

Additionally, the new Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act allows patients under the medical cannabis act to purchase seeds and grow plants at home – a right the original Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act had allowed for all persons, but was restricted in the final version to the medical cannabis act patients.

Ashley Brandt

Hi there! I’m happy you’re here. My name is Ashley Brandt and I’m an attorney in Chicago representing clients in the Food and Beverage, Advertising, Media, and Real Estate industries. A while back I kept getting calls and questions from industry professionals and attorneys looking for advice and information on a fun and unique area of law that I’m lucky enough to practice in. These calls represented a serious lack of, and need for, some answers, news, and information on the legal aspects of marketing and media. I've got this deep seeded belief that information should be readily available and that the greatest benefit from the information age is open access to knowledge... so ... this blog seemed like the best way to accomplish that. I enjoy being an attorney and it’s given me some amazing opportunities, wonderful experiences, and an appreciation and love for this work. I live in Chicago and work at an exceptional law firm, Goldstein & McClintock, with some truly brilliant people. Feel free to contact me at any time with any issues, comments, concerns… frankly, after reading this far, I hope you take the time to at least let me know what you think about the blog and how I can make it a better resource.

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  1. August 1, 2019

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