Medical marijuana law expanded in Illinois, adopted in Minnesota

A year after it joined the growing list of states that allow for the medical use of marijuana, Illinois has modified its law to provide relief for children who suffer from seizures. SB 2636 will take effect at the start of next year. It permits children under 18, with a parent’s consent, to be treated with non-smokable forms of medical marijuana. The state’s original law did not include seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy, among the list of debilitating medical conditions that could legally be treated with medical marijuana.
Earlier in the year, Minnesota joined Illinois and Michigan as the third Midwestern state to allow for the use of medical marijuana. Under Minnesota’s new law (SF 2470), the cannabis will be made by two in-state manufacturers and distributed at eight different facilities. Unlike Illinois and Minnesota, which rely on state-regulated manufacturers and dispensaries, Michigan allows patients to grow their own marijuana or to purchase it from regulated caregivers.
In all, close to half the U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana, but those laws vary on who should cultivate and dispense it, what the limits on possession should be, and what medical conditions should qualify.
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