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Seven Things You Need to Know About Illinois’s New Medical Marijuana Law

People with dozens of medical conditions can buy 2.5 ounces every two weeks.

1. No more than 60 licensed dispensaries.

2. 22 cultivation sites, one in each state police district.

3. Dozens of medical conditions eligible (including cancer, MS, and HIV/AIDS), although the Department of Public Health can add ailments as it sees fit. See the full list below.

4. Patients can buy up to 2.5 ounces every two weeks.

5. Purchases by patients will be taxed at 1 percent, the same as pharmaceuticals.

6. Illinois is the 20th state to pass a medical marijuana law. The bill goes into effect January 1, but it could take several months for officials to give dispensaries the go-ahead.

7. Growers and dispensaries will be taxed at 7 percent.

The medical conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana, as listed in Illinois House Bill 1:

  • cancer
  • glaucoma
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • hepatitis C
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • muscular dystrophy
  • severe fibromyalgia
  • spinal cord disease, including but not limited to arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia, Rheumatoid arthritis, fibrous dysplasia, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
  • Parkinson’s
  • Tourette’s
  • Myoclonus
  • Dystonia
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I)
  • Causalgia, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • nail-patella syndrome
  • residual limb pain
 

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