10 Children Now Eligible For Medical Marijuana

Aug 7, 2015

Illinois has approved about 200 new patient applications for medical marijuana during July, including 10 children.

A total of 2,800 patients now have approval to use marijuana, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced this week.

The July announcement is the first time the department announced how many approved applicants are younger than 18.

Parents of children with severe epilepsy pushed to have access to medical marijuana extended to minors in Illinois. Children are permitted to use the drug for any of the nearly 40 health conditions already authorized for adults, with state approval and a written certification from two doctors. Adult patients need one doctor's consent.

The department says about 3,500 have submitted complete paperwork, out of about 23,700 people who have started applications.

Growers say they'll have marijuana in stores later this year.

More information on the state's medical marijuana program is available on the IDPH website.