The law the Republican signed Tuesday is effective immediately. It allows physicians to temporarily prescribe cannabis for pain relief as a means to combat a growing opioid-addiction epidemic.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that 11,000 people have died from opioid overdoses since 2008. Opioids caused nearly double the number of 2016 deaths as traffic accidents.
Rep. Kelly Cassidy was the House sponsor. The Chicago Democrat says the plan reforms pain treatment and provides more options to patients who would otherwise be faced with choosing addictive opioids.
The law creates a pilot program which includes safeguards against abuse of the medical marijuana program.
While I am one million percent against the recreational use of marijuana, I definitely support the use of medical marijuana for chronic pain and the healing of diseases. Monitoring is still important, as we do not know who could be prone to psychological dependence once the pain is under control or when the disease is healed. In our ministry of addiction recovery, there are many whose lives are in total confusion from being high most of the time on marijuana. ~ NationalAddictionNews.com
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