HaineFloorShot1SPRINGFIELD, IL – A proposal allowing the legal consumption of marijuana for medical purposes was signed into law today. State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), a former prosecutor and state’s attorney, sponsored the proposal in the Senate.

“Patients afflicted by the most unbearable conditions finally have a compassionate answer to their cries for help,” Haine said. “This program alleviates suffering and provides strong safeguards against abuse.”

The Medical Cannabis Pilot Program creates a four-year program allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana as a legal alternative to powerful pharmaceuticals, which may have serious side effects for patients.

The program allows qualified patients with chronic diseases to use marijuana as recommended by an Illinois licensed physician. Doctor’s may recommend marijuana to treat pain resulting only from illnesses specified in the law.

The new law restricts the use of marijuana in the presence of minors, in vehicles and in public, especially near school grounds. The program requires a doctor’s written certification, registered patient photo identification cards and an electronic verification system.

“We are ensuring only those suffering from the most serious diseases receive this treatment. This law takes additional steps to prevent fraud and abuse,” Haine said.

The network of authorized growers and dispensaries as well as the verification network will take several months to a year to implement.

“As this law begins to take effect, lawmakers will continue to work with law enforcement agencies to address any new concerns: keeping medical marijuana out of the wrong hands,” Haine said.

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