The medicinal benefits of marijuana are starting to become better known. One possible benefit of the drug is pain relief. While scientists are still studying whether marijuana is an effective painkiller, what is known is that, in the wake of the opioid epidemic in Ohio and across the nation, medical marijuana may be a better choice for patients than addictive prescription painkillers.
Under an Illinois bill, physicians would be permitted to prescribe medical marijuana as a substitute for prescription pain medicine. In addition, the bill would eliminate the mandate that individuals seeking medical marijuana be fingerprinted and have a criminal background check performed.
Under the bill, a person cannot be denied medical marijuana due to the fact that they have a criminal conviction. This bill would also allow those with a prescription for medical marijuana to buy the drug from a licensed dispensary.
Currently, new applicants with a prescription for the drug have to receive bureaucratic approval to purchase it, which could take as long as four months. The bill has been approved by both houses, and is on its way to the governor's desk for approval.
This measure is part of a fight against the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, and has bipartisan support from legislators. If this bill is made into law, marijuana dispensaries will be able to sell the drug to more people who have a prescription for it.
However, they will not be able to sell marijuana for recreational purposes, as that is still against the law in Illinois. Moreover, marijuana has not been legalized by federal law.