IDPH officials release regulations for use of medical marijuana by minors

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CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Public Health officials have released emergency rules that explain how the state's medical marijuana pilot program will be extended to children under a law that takes effect next year.

Officials say the regulations were posted online on Tuesday.  Under the emergency rules, children with qualifying health conditions, such as seizures from epilepsy, will be legally able to consume non-smokable forms of marijuana.  However, children will need signed forms from two doctors who believe using the drug will benefit the patient.

The emergency rules will be in effect for 150 days.  During that time, officials will draft and publish a set of permanent rules.  After the permanent rules are published, the public will have 45 days to voice their opinions.
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