Some medical cannabis patients in Illinois are getting safe access, but more reform is needed.

Illinois legalized medical cannabis in 2013. The program has expanded recently, but is still considered to be one of the most restrictive in the country.

Illinois' list of qualifying conditions to become a medical cannabis patient is much less comprehensive than states in the west. And unlike many other medical cannabis states, Illinois does not allow any form of home cultivation.

It took a while for business licenses to roll out. When this delay was combined with the "no cultivation" provision, this has resulted in a lot of patients going without cannabis.

Numbers picking up

Not long ago, members of the medical cannabis industry in Illinois were very worried the patient numbers would never be high enough to support an industry.

The Illinois program is still small, but it is growing. The Chicago Tribune reports that there are nearly 9,000 patients currently in the program.

July saw the program's largest month in sales, coming in at around 2.9 million dollars. July continued the steady growth seen in previous months.

Program expands, but more reform is needed

Illinois recently added post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of qualifying conditions, which should help more patients enter the program.

It's a great step in the right direction, but more reform is absolutely needed to add more conditions, and to expand the program to include home cultivation.

For a list of qualifying conditions for Illinois' medical cannabis program, click this link here.

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