On August 1, Illinois became the 20th state to legalize the use of marijuana for specific medical indications.
Under the law, which takes effect on January 1, 2014, the prescribing physician and patient must have an established relationship and eligible patients may purchase up to 2.5 ounces of medicinal cannabis every 14 days.
Despite a growing number of states legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, marijuana remains illegal under federal law. The U.S. government classifies it as a Schedule I drug, along with heroin, LSD, and methamphenamine.
Even in states where medicinal cannabis is legal, many physicians are reluctant to prescribe it for fear of federal sanctions, such as losing their federal license to prescribe controlled substances.
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