ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois is expanding the state’s medical marijuana program and opening up to more patients.
The original pilot program was set to expire next year with 80,000 people already enrolled, but with a signature from Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker the program is now permanent.
The new law expands to include patients with chronic pain, autism, migranes, osteo arthritis and seven other conditions.
The new law is informally known as “Ashley’s Law.”
Ashley Surin got cancer at the age of two, chemo gave he epilepsy and seizures.
Her mom, Maureen Surin, says cannabis was her key to treatment.
“We couldn’t… We couldn’t beat those seizures that she kept having. We tried many neuromedicines. They said she needed to consume cannabis and go on a low-carb diet. And by-gosh, they were right,” Surin said.
Pritzker also signed another bill that allows school nurses to administer cannabis to students who are registered medical patients.
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