The Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago plans to be the first facility to launch its own medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois. Its officials argue that the hospital has the right environment for establishing such a facility because it has a pharmacy is ready to prescribe the drug.
However, the federal government still views marijuana as an illegal controlled substance, and any hospital or medical facility that sells the drug will lose Medicaid and Medicare funding. The Swedish Covenant is lobbying the congress to alter the law to reflect the reality that most states have now legalized medical marijuana, reported WGNtv.com.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Sunday signed into law a bill that expands access to Illinois’ medical marijuana program. The SB 2636, which is sponsored by Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago), qualifies more medical conditions to the program such as seizure-related disorders like epilepsy and conditions related to brain injury.
The law now allows the state health department to formulate regulations to allow minors to take part in the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program with the consent of their parent and doctors. Previously, Illinois was one of the only three states that banned minors from accessing the treatment.
Meanwhile, the Office of Compassionate Use of the Florida Department of Health will conduct another public discussion on August 1 to examine the proposed medical marijuana laws in the state. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Tallahassee.
The previous meeting generated a lot of controversy, with the stickiest point being the proposal to set up a lottery that will award the five licenses to distribute the medical marijuana. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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