Help for children with seizure disorders in Illinois
ILLINOIS – Children with epilepsy and other seizure disorders will be able to use medical marijuana products under a new law in the New Year. Illinois children will soon qualify for medical marijuana.
The ingredient, which is touted as being helpful in these cases, is CBD.
“CBD has a much different effect than THC, the chemical in pot which provides recreational users their “high.” Morgan Fox spokesman for the Washington-based Marijuana Policy Project”
Illinois Children Will Soon Qualify for Medical Marijuana
He notes the original law for adults, which took effect a year ago, does not name epilepsy as a qualifying illness.
Fox says CBD is safer than some prescription drugs parents don’t want to give their children – drugs which parents say put their children in “zombie-like stupors” and drastically slow their development.
Those children who use compounds derived from marijuana have been able to be taken off prescription drugs, Fox says, and improvement is seen across the board.
The bar for children’s prescriptions is set higher compared to the law for adults in that there will have to be certifications from two doctors.
From Wikipedia: Illinois passed the Cannabis Control Act in 1978, which technically allows for medical marijuana. However, in order for it to become an actuality, action is required from two state departments—Human Services and the State Police—neither of which has taken action.
On August 1, 2013, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana; the legislation took effect on January 1, 2014.