When you consider the current state of the marijuana debate, you may be surprised by the progression of our country’s push to legalize the little green plant. Since big names like Colorado, Washington, and California entered the race and legalized recreational weed, multiple states have started to pursue this opportunity. Some of the biggest changes are currently happening in the Midwest, with the prominent player Ohio loosening its grip on non-medical use. Likewise, Michigan is preparing to approve recreational consumption of the drug during the upcoming election. So how is another Midwest superpower like Illinois handling the situation? Let’s take a closer look at some facts about legal cannabis in the Land of Lincoln.
Land of Lincoln
One of the most prominent states in U.S. politics, Illinois has been the birthplace of several presidents including its namesake, Abraham Lincoln. Besides a rugged Midwestern landscape, this beautiful state is also home to Chicago (the Windy City), one of the largest cities in our country and a major seat of international travel. Thrill-seekers and partygoers will appreciate this metropolitan jungle for its bright lights, clubs, and entertainment. However, nature lovers can also find solace along the shores of Lake Michigan, a hot spot for major bird migrations (including the little Boreal Owl). Of course, we can’t forget how Chicago earned its spot as a birthplace of jazz and blues music and (of course) and its role in the film Blues Brothers.
Through the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (2013), Illinois has legalized medical marijuana for individuals suffering from severe illnesses. Planned to expire in 2016, the program was updated by the Illinois governor in 2016 and has been extended to 2020. Likewise, politicians have also extended medical cannabis treatment to patients suffering from PTSD and the lifespan of medical marijuana cards from 1 to 3 years. Likewise, physicians no longer have to be the main pathway for achieving the drug. Now, a strong doctor-patient relationship is all you need.
Always remember that marijuana does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.