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Illinois Permits Marijuana as Replacement for Prescription Opioid Painkillers

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Alexander J. Baker

On August 28, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law a measure that could dramatically expand access to medical marijuana in the State of Illinois by making marijuana available as an opioid painkiller replacement.[1]    The new law would allow doctors to authorize medical marijuana for any patient who has or would qualify for prescription opioids like OxyContin, Percocet or Vicodin.[2] This new law is also noteworthy in terms of removing strict provisions to the previous medical marijuana law requiring applicants to be fingerprinted and undergo criminal background checks.  While it will take the State until December 1, 2018, to implement

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IDPH Ordered to Add ‘Intractable Pain’ as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

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Alexander J. Baker

Cook County Judge Raymond Mitchell recently ordered the Illinois Department of Public Heath to add intractable pain as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana.[1]  The order arose out of plaintiff Ann Mednick’s lawsuit alleging a lack of access to medical marijuana, rather than opioid pills with increased side effects, to treat her osteoarthritis.[2]  This ruling has the potential to greatly expand medical marijuana’s reach within the State. Illinois currently has very strict limitations in terms of what medical conditions fall under qualifying conditions to have access to medical marijuana.  Of those states which have medical marijuana legislation, Illinois falls in

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  • Editor

  • CANDICE C. KUSMER

    Candice Kusmer enjoys working with several of Kurowski Shultz’s major clients, oversees the firm’s asbestos docket in Central Illinois and handles high-level matters in Madison County. An accomplished writer, she has a passion for writing and leads the firm’s Appellate Practice.

  • Contributors

  • LINDSAY A. DIBLER

    Mr. Dibler has been with Kurowski Shultz since 2002 and is responsible for the firm's substantial St. Louis City and Cook County (Chicago) asbestos dockets. He is one of few defense counsel who have taken verdicts in the challenging defense environment of St. Louis City.

  • JUSTIN A. REINHARDT

    Justin Reinhardt joined Kurowski Shultz in July 2015. He concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation and toxic tort defense. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri. He is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

  • KYLER H. STEVENS

    Kyler Stevens has been with Kurowski Shultz since October 2012 and has focused his practice on complex civil litigation, protecting the interests of large and small businesses alike. Mr. Stevens is also active in the defense of schools and municipal corporations in various civil matters.

  • Alexander J. Baker

    Alexander J. Baker joined Kurowski Shultz in 2012. His practice area concentrates on complex civil litigation including the defense of toxic tort and personal injury lawsuits. Mr. Baker also recently tried to verdict a Southern District of Illinois pro bono case regarding First Amendment rights and violations of the Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection under the US Constitution. He is an active member of the St. Clair County and the Illinois State Bar Association.

  • Joshua N. Severit

    Joshua N. Severit, joined Kurowski Shultz in July 2016. Mr. Severit specializes in toxic tort and personal injury. He is a member of the Illinois State and Madison County Bar Associations and is licensed to practice law in Illinois.