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Illinois Introduces Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for Opioid Treatment

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Senator Don Harmon has introduced legislation that would allow medical marijuana as a treatment option for opioid addiction/abuse. Opioid abuse and addiction take more lives every year in Illinois. If passed, doctors would be allowed to approve a temporary medical marijuana card for those with pain.

If the act passes legislation, applications would be expedited and are expected to be approved within two weeks, Oak Park Patch reports. The temporary medical marijuana card would be valid for 12-months. No legislation like this has ever been introduced in the state before.

Senator Harmon said, via press release, that, “Research has shown that medical cannabis can treat the same conditions or which opioids are prescribed. With thousands of people from every part of our state dying from opioid addiction, it would be irresponsible for us to not consider any safe alternative treatment.”

Recent studies show that cannabidiol (CBD) might be an effective option for treating opioid addiction and dependency.