Accumulated peer reviewed data indicates that cannabis has therapeutic values in alleviating symptoms such as pain, nausea, vomiting, appetite stimulation and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions. In 2013 Illinois followed the lead of Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Vermont and others to become the 20th state to enact a medical cannabis program. Compared to other states, the Illinois program is more comprehensive and a highly regulated program.
States that allow patients access to medical cannabis have almost a 24% lower rate of opioid overdose deaths annually as compared to states that do not allow access to medical cannabis. Data shows there is a correlation between the enactment of medical cannabis laws and the decrease in opioid overdose deaths.