Ill. Medical Marijuana Sales Increase, Madison Co. State’s Attorney Worried

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX/AP) – More than 11,000 patients are now approved by the state of Illinois to buy medical marijuana.

The drug is now available to treat patients with 44 different conditions and lawsuits are being filed by other patients who want their illness added to the list. Medical marijuana sales reached more than $3.8 million last month at licensed dispensaries throughout Illinois.

It’s still against the law to drive high in Illinois, but law enforcement has a problem. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons says there’s no tool comparable to a breathalyzer to test for marijuana intoxication.

“We’re still awaiting that advancement in our law enforcement tools so officers on the street can determine whether or not someone is actually under the influence of THC to the amount that it’s illegal,” Gibbons says.

He’s warning marijuana users to beware it can cause deadly accidents.

Making matters more complicated is a recent change to Illinois law that make possession of a small amount of marijuana a civil offense, not a felony.

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