Patients Continue Push to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Illinois

A few minutes of smoking marijuana give Ana DeVarose hours of relief from the pain and nausea associated with multiple sclerosis so the 22-year-old Springfield woman doesn’t have to take a handful of prescription medicines every day.

But because using marijuana, even for medicinal purposes, is illegal in Illinois, the availability of cannabis on the black market can be spotty, its quality and contents often are unknown, and users risk arrest.

“I don’t want to be considered a criminal for something that is healthy for me,” DeVarose said. “I want to be out of pain. I just want myself and other patients to have safe access to this. It has so many beneficial medical effects for the body.”

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