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Effective January 1st, 2014, Illinois will become the 21st state to legalize or decriminalize medical marijuana. However, the state has set some of the strictest rules and regulations for use of the substance. Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act back in August, and after a long wait, patients will now have access to medical marijuana. This is not without some strict limitations, though. Patients will only be allowed to be in possession of 2.5 ounces of cannabis every two weeks. Medical marijuana can only be purchased from cultivation centers which have registered with the Department of Agriculture. Patients will not be allowed to be in possession of the drug while there is a child (under the age of 18) present, and they will not be allowed to have it while in a private residence which is also used for child care. Activities which would constitute negligence or malpractice, are also not allowed to be performed while under the influence. Finally, no unauthorized sharing or selling will be allowed. There are 30 conditions which medical marijuana may be prescribed for, and some of them include cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s. Some conditions which are not included are migraines, chronic pain, epilepsy, and PTSD. Initially, the program will be on a trial basis for four years with many regulations yet to be determined. This program sadly won’t help the college students of Illinois, because they will not be allowed to use marijuana on campus. Under the Smoke Free Illinois Act, smoking is not allowed in any campus buildings. Another two laws they must follow are the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, and the Drug Free Workplace Act – as both also prevent any drug use on college campuses. The legalization movement is not going to stop here. According to a recent Gallup poll, 58% of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana. Just a year ago, Washington and Colorado were the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. Even though medical marijuana won’t be as easy to acquire or use as it is in California, the first state to legalize medical marijuana back in 1996, students are still happy with the progressive movement.