by Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator August 13, 2019

Medical marijuanaIllinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) has signed two separate medical cannabis expansion bills into law.

Senate Bill 2023 expands the state’s medical cannabis program by adding several new qualifying conditions, allowing physicians assistants and advanced practice registered nurses to recommend medical cannabis to their patients, and allowing minor patients to have up to three caregivers instead of two.

The new law went into effect on August 9, 2019.

Senate Bill 455 permits children with serious conditions for which medical marijuana has been recommended to have medical cannabis infused products administered to them while on school property. The measure also requires the State Board of Education to develop a training curriculum for school nurses and school administrators on the administration of medical cannabis infused products.

The new law will take effect on January 1,  2020.