The Taylorville Kiwanis Club for their Tuesday luncheon program, heard about the state's medical cannabis pilot program, during their meeting at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Tina Sekimi from the Division of Medical Cannabis at the Illinois Department of Public Health, told the club about her new division which registers patients that want to have access to medical cannabis.
The 4-year pilot program began registering Illinois residents whose last names end with A thru L on September 2nd. Registration for those people continues thru October 31st, then registration opens for those whose last names end in M to Z.
Sekimi said there are a host of requirements that those applying for access to medical cannabis, have to adhere to. You can apply on-line on the Illinois Department of Public Health web site, or obtain a written form by calling the agency's toll-free number which is listed on their web site.
Applicants must certify thru their doctor, that they have one of 30 debilitating medical conditions as outlined in the state law. Once they've been approved, they will receive a photo ID which must be used when they purchase the allowed 2-and-a-half ounces every 2 weeks.
Sekimi added once the program begins next year, there will be 60 dispensaries across the state where the medical cannabis can be purchased. Those are the only locations statewide where the drug will be available; it will not be available as a prescription or at pharmacies.
In other Kiwanis news, Kiwanis treasurer Dan Sneed reported that last weekend's Kiwanis Peanut Days across the city, netted the club just under 51-hundred dollars for local Kiwanis projects for children and youth.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.