A long awaited day for Illinoisan’s everywhere finally arrived last week as the House and Senate passed a bill legalizing adult use recreational cannabis in the state. While 29 states have cannabis laws in place, Illinois was the first to pass a bill legalizing marijuana through their legislature. Billionaire businessman and IL Governor, J.B. Pritzker, has said he plans to sign the bill.
Indeed, there is much to be excited about as this historic bill not only expands legal access to cannabis and decriminalizes home grow, but also will potentially help vacate an estimated 770,000 pot-related convictions 1. With all the well-deserved excitement and buzz around upcoming legalization, many patients are asking themselves if they should opt for the medical cannabis program instead. What are the benefits of having your card now that IL is going adult-use legal? Turns out, there are a 3 important benefits for medical patients that are worth nothing and that this article will explore!
As if the news concerning legalization wasn’t exciting enough, IL legislature hit another home run by passing legislation making the medical-use cannabis program permanent and expanding the list of qualifying conditions 2.
“While many other states have allowed their medical cannabis programs to atrophy once adult use legalization occurred, there are a number of reasons to believe that the recent laws passed in Illinois will encourage the medical program to grow even as legalization comes online in 2020,” said Mark Peysakhovich, a Chicago based-cannabis industry lobbyist, consultant and podcast host.
Through the years, IL has taken significant measures to remove significant barriers towards becoming a card-carrying patient, such as removing mandatory fingerprinting and criminal background checks. It is now easier, faster and cheaper than ever to get your medical cannabis card in IL and our dedicated team of healthcare professionals at Innovative Express Care are big advocates for medical cannabis and always here to help facilitate the process.
Illinois has some exciting things to look forward to come the first adult use recreational cannabis sales, expected in January of 2020. But there’s no reason to wait if you are a qualifying patient in the state of Illinois. Our team at Innovative Express Care is cannabis friendly and medically experienced in using it as a powerfully effective medicine. Make your first appointment for a cannabis consultation today at Innovative Express Care.