A Patient’s Guide to Medical Marijuana in Waukegan, Illinois
Advice from knowledgeable Lake County lawyers
In August 2013, Illinois became the 20th U.S. state to approve the cultivation, sale and use of medical marijuana for a variety of chronic illnesses and diseases. This measure, while an important step forward for patients who need medical marijuana to help treat and alleviate the symptoms they experience on a daily basis, also has a lot of regulations. It takes a qualified attorney to help you through the process of being approved for the program or to set up a legal growing operation or dispensary. The Waukegan lawyers at Stone & Associates can help with all issues related to medical marijuana in Illinois.
Where can I get medical marijuana?
Under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, patients approved for the program can obtain medical marijuana from one of 60 state-licensed dispensaries, which will get their supply from 22 different cultivation sites across Illinois. You must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of Illinois and have a doctor-signed certification that medical marijuana will ease the symptoms of your particular condition. If approved, you will be able to purchase as much as 2.5 ounces in a two-week period, paying a tax of 1 percent on each purchase. Dispensaries and growers, for their part, will be taxed at a rate of 7 percent.
Although the use of medical marijuana is now approved for those who qualify for the pilot program, employers are still, by law, allowed to test potential hires for drugs. If these tests come back positive, you may still be denied a job, even though you can legally use marijuana per state law. For now, the program applies only to criminal laws, and employers can decide whether they want to employ someone who regularly uses marijuana. If you have questions about this and would like to learn more about your legal rights and obligations, speak with a knowledgeable attorney with Stone & Associates.
How do I know if my medical condition qualifies?
The following is a complete list of illnesses that currently qualify you for the use of medical marijuana in Illinois:
- HIV & AIDS
- Hepatitis C
- Crohn’s disease
- Cachexia/wasting syndrome
- Severe fibromyalgia
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA)
- Tourette syndrome
- Causalgia & CRPS
- Residual limb pain
- Myasthenia gravis
- Nail-patella syndrome
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Muscular dystrophy
- Spinal cord diseases
- Arnold-Chiari malformation & syringomyelia
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Interstitial cystitis
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
It’s important to note that this list is subject to change, as the Illinois Department of Public Health is likely to add further medical conditions eligible for the program as time goes on.
Contact an accessible attorney in Waukegan, Illinois
If you have further questions, speak with an attorney at Stone & Associates by calling 847-336-0733 or by contacting us online. Our office, located near the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan, is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. We have payment plans available and offer free initial consultations for your convenience and peace of mind.