PTSD for medical cannabis measure passes House without FOID provision

From Illinois News Network
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A measure to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of conditions eligible for medicinal marijuana under Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Pilot Program passed the House, but not with a provision to keep approved patients’ FOID cards safe.

The original passage of the bill to approve PTSD for medical cannabis, sponsored by Democratic Representative Lou Lang, would have kept safe medical pot patients’ Firearm Owner Identification, but the Senate rejected that provision of the measure.

Lang said he hopes to tackle the FOID issue again in the near future, but didn’t want to delay possible relief for anybody seeking use of the drug.

“Maybe they can’t buy a gun under federal law but they shouldn’t lose their FOID card over it. And I think if there was a court case they would win. But in the meantime I just want to go back to the original bill that allows PTSD to be a condition.”

Republican Representative Ed Sullivan agreed the FOID issue must be discussed in the future.

“We’ll probably have further discussion about how to in essence give back a right to a FOID card for someone that’s taking a prescription, a legal prescription in the State of Illinois.”

The measure, having been concurred without the amendments, now heads to the Governor’s desk.

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