Medical marijuana is more popular than ever in Illinois, despite the fact that recreational marijuana has been legal for more than a year. In fact, data indicates the spike in medical marijuana usage maybe because of recreational marijuana, which is taxed at a much higher rate. But it’s also a resource for doctors and patients struggling with chronic conditions and looking to avoid using opiates. “My thought process is if you can reduce opiates if you can start living your life more, then it’s a wonderful medication,” said Dr. Rahul Khare, Innovative Express Care. Some doctors insist the increase in medical marijuana consumers reflects the growing demand for effective and legitimate pain treatments; Khare said he has certified more than 13,000 Illinoisans for medical marijuana in the last five years. According to the latest statewide data, chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of reasons to obtain a medical marijuana card. The report also notes the state saw a jump of more than 30% in the number of new patients signing up for an Illinois cannabis card in 2021, with the largest percentage of new patients between the ages of 31 and 40.
Mmp News Author, Medical Marijuana Program Connection, 10/12/2021 22:53:00