SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois physicians can now prescribe marijuana as a painkiller, thanks to a new law designed to counteract a growing opioid epidemic.
Republican governor Bruce Rauner has signed the bill on Tuesday Doctors temporarily prescribe cannabis for immediate pain relief [News] News 10 has met with a local person who supports the legalization of the drug. He wants to remain anonymous so we do not show his face or share his name.
We can tell you that he is dealing with chronic pain from a work-related injury. He says he took opioids, which his doctor prescribed for the pain, but he felt like he became addicted.
This scared him, so he turned to marijuana to deal with his pain.
"It's the worst pain you can imagine. [Marijuana] makes it worth living in. If lawmakers legalized medical cannabis, I would limit the opioid and heroin epidemic."
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that since 2008, 1
Rep. Kelly Cassidy was the house sponsor. The Chicago Democrat says the plan is reforming pain therapy and offering patients more options.
The law creates a pilot program that includes protective measures against the abuse of medical marijuana.
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