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Responsible Use of Medical Marijuana in Illinois

Midwest Compassion Center – Licensed medical cannabis dispensary offers responsible use suggestions to assist in safe administration of medical cannabis.

Cannabis must be treated like all other medications meaning it must be used properly and responsibly. Misuse or overuse of medical cannabis can result in numerous negative effects. It is important to adhere to the medical advice of your doctor and use good judgment when treating with medical cannabis.

Keep in mind that the medical cannabis program in Illinois is a pilot program and in order for it to succeed and continue on patients, caregivers, physicians, and licensed facilities must work together to ensure cannabis is used responsibly and negative circumstances are mitigated.

Illinois Medical Marijuana Responsible UsePrecautions for use of medical cannabis in Illinois:

  1. Treat cannabis as you would any other medication. Cannabis has different effects on different individuals. Your medical cannabis is for you and only you.
  2. Properly store your medical cannabis in an airtight child proof container out of direct light. Refer to our cannabis storage resource for more information.
  3. Always use an appropriate dosage and when in doubt remember less is more. Follow your doctor’s recommendations and make sure to ask questions to dispensary staff if you need more information about medical cannabis.
  4. Keep all cannabis products out of reach of children and pets at all times. Keep in mind cannabis edibles can look appealing to children and animals. Avoid any mishaps by storing your cannabis edibles in a safe and secure place.

For a full list of Frequently Asked Questions visit this link.

Always adhere to Illinois state laws when using medical cannabis, some of the important ones to consider are listed below:

  1. Do not consume cannabis in any public place. Refer to the Illinois Department of Health regarding where medical cannabis can be used

Using medical cannabis is prohibited in a school bus, on the grounds of any preschool or primary or secondary school, in any correctional facility, in any motor vehicle, in a private residence used at any time to provide licensed child care or other similar social service care on the premises and in any public place where an individual could reasonably be expected to be observed by others. A public place includes all parts of buildings owned in a whole or in part, or leased, by the state or local unit of government. A public place does not include a private residence unless the private residence is used to provide licensed child care, foster care or other similar social service care on the premises. Using medical cannabis is also prohibited in a health care facility or any other place where smoking is prohibited by the Smoke-free Illinois Act and knowingly in close physical proximity to anyone under the age of 18.

  1. Do not possess or purchase more than 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis in a 14 day period

Adhering to these simple guidelines will help ensure medical cannabis is used properly and kept out of the hands of minors and those who do not have proper authorization to use medical cannabis.

Illinois Medical Marijuana Responsible Use Resources

For additional safety and responsible cannabis use resources from the Illinois Department of Public Health we have provided three links below.

Drug Facts – Marijuana (National Institutes of Health)

Mind Your Meds – Basic Medication Safety Tips

A Slippery Slope: The Dangers of Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse

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