SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed two bills aimed to help people who use medical marijuana, including kids in school.
The first bill expands access to medical cannabis for patients with autism, chronic pain, and others. This was part of a pilot program set to expire in 2020, but is now permanent.
The second bill says students can take medical marijuana themselves under the supervision of an administrator or nurse if authorized by the students parents.
Before, only parents or guardians could give medical marijuana to their kids.
“As we continue to reform state government so that it better serves its families, we must do so in a way that advances dignity, empathy, opportunity and grace,” said Pritzker. “In each of these things, this legislation moves us forward.”
The new law involving students goes into effect January 1, 2020.