Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed two bills on Monday that expanded access to the state’s healthcare marijuana plan, which at the moment stands at more than 80,000 sufferers. The legislation guarantees the healthcare marijuana program’s status as a permanent method, and adds to the approaches in which sufferers are in a position to access their cannabis.

“We’re telling every single and each a single of these sufferers, we’re on your side,” Pritzker stated through Monday’s news conference.

Senate Bill 2023 guarantees the permanency of the plan and institutes 11 new qualifying situations that are accepted for entry into the healthcare cannabis plan. These consist of autism, chronic discomfort, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, osteoarthritis, anorexia nervosa, and polycystic kidney illness, amongst other situations.

The new legislation also guarantees the proper of sufferers to be in a position to have a dwelling develop operation of up to 5 plants as of January of subsequent year. Below present provisions, the cannabis plants ought to be out of public view, and in a locked region. Efficient right away, nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants will be in a position to certify sufferers for inclusion in the plan.

Pritzker continues to make great on his campaign promises to assure the state’s residents’ rights to marijuana. In June, the state legalized recreational marijuana. That legislation has sidestepped a lot of of the problems other states are obtaining with giving retroactive justice to these with previous cannabis offenses by expunging and pardoning the records of some 800,000 folks with prior charges. It requires impact at the begin of 2020, and will assure that the state’s residents may well possess up to 30 grams of marijuana at any time. For out of state guests, the limit will be 15 grams.

Senate Bill 455, a different modify produced to the state’s marijuana policy on Monday, involved the sorts of cannabis access permitted to children in their schools. Now, underage registered cannabis sufferers will be in a position to take their medicine on college grounds, granted that they are becoming supervised by college employees. That bill also guarantees that no a single below the age of 21 will be in a position to acquire smokable marijuana in the state.

This is not the only expansion to the state’s healthcare cannabis plan. In February, the Opioid Option Pilot System was implemented, making sure that folks with opioid abuse problems have a speedy track to short-term access of medicinal cannabis.

Health-related marijuana was initially instituted in the state when Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation into impact in 2013. Initially meant as a 4-year plan, it was noticed as a single of the strictest such applications in the nation due to its ban on sufferers increasing their personal medicine. Health-related marijuana customers had been expected to have a doctor’s written recommendation, and receive a registered photo ID. Individuals had been permitted to have two.five ounces of cannabis each two weeks, and pledge not to use it in public or about young children.

“We are making sure only these suffering from the most significant ailments obtain this remedy,” stated the bill’s sponsor, state senator Bill Haine at the time. “This law requires more actions to avoid fraud and abuse.”