MILAN — Nature’s Treatment of Illinois wants people to know the options for medical cannabis available in Rock Island County.
The facility at 973 Tech Drive, Milan, hosted an open forum this week to help people register for a medical cannabis card, learn about available resources and discover the various ways to use cannabis medically. About 20 people also heard about legal issues and how to avoid a strong high.
“Local hospitals have a huge hold on what their doctors can and can’t do,” said Devon Gamboe, of Nature’s Treatment. “And most doctors aren’t ‘arms wide open’ because then they would have 60 people at their door the next day.”
Illinois lists 40 qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, including multiple sclerosis, cancer, Parkinson’s and post traumatic stress disorder. Some potential patients said it’s difficult to get a doctor to sign off on the form stating they have a qualifying condition, even though the doctor isn’t actually prescribing cannabis.
Mr. Gamboe estimates Nature’s Treatment currently serves about 360 patients, most living within an hour of the Quad-Cities. The average customer spends about $160, he said, with the typical price per dose about $3.
“We’ve seen a good percentage of our patients go off opiates and scream to us that they have their life back,” he said with a smile. “It’s controlling all symptoms with one plan, rather than multiple pills for multiple symptoms.”
Susan Brooks said she is considering if medical cannabis is a good option for her.
“I don’t want to be on pain pills,” she said, explaining her problems began with a 1999 car accident in. “The pain gets worse as I get older, but I still need to find a doctor.”
Microdosing and edibles may be options for people who don’t like the idea of getting a high or