This week, Governor Bruce Rauner made a remarkable decision in terms of healthcare and the opioid crisis. The Illinois governor legalized the use of medicinal marijuana as a substitute instead of opioid painkillers. As a state that has yet to legalize recreational marijuana, this is another small step towards that ultimate goal.
This new signing is being well received by marijuana legalization advocates as well as pain patients who may not want to run the risk of developing an addiction. The opioid epidemic has affected tens of thousands of people all across the country over the past few years. As many people may know, opioids often do much more harm than good. Allowing patients to choose between traditional medicine or an alternative measure is a decision that most patients should be able to make with their doctors, as not every medication works the same with every person.
This past March, Cook County residents were able to vote in the Illinois primary election in regards to the legalization of marijuana. Forbes.com writer, Tom Angell, wrote that the measure in Cook County, the nation’s second-most-populous county, is not binding but its passage sends a strong message to state lawmakers that ending cannabis prohibition is an issue that voters want the legislature to address.” Between the numbers at the polls and the recent changes in allowance of marijuana by the state government, it is possible to see Illinois join the list of states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.