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Much to the dismay of patients suffering from a variety of debilitating medical conditions in Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner has denied expanding the list of conditions which qualify for medical cannabis in the Prairie State.

In May of this year, The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board of Illinois, made up of patients, doctors, nurses and a pharmacist, recommended that 11 conditions be added to those which qualify for the medical cannabis program in Illinois. While 3 conditions, including anxiety, diabetes and essential thrombcythemia with a JAK 2 mutation were denied by the board, the following were all endorsed:

  1. Migraines
  2. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  3. Chronic Pain (Post-Operative)
  4. Anorexia Nervosa
  5. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  6. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  7. Peripheral and diabetic neuropathy
  8. Osteoarthritis
  9. Polycystic kidney disease
  10. Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome
  11. Neuro-Behcet’s Autoimmune Disease

Contrary to the recommendation made by the board of hand-selected experts, these conditions will not be added to the list of qualifying conditions at this time. On the heels of the excitement from the announcement that the first medical cannabis dispensary received a license to operate in Illinois, this will be a disappointment for thousands of potential patients.

These conditions may be reconsidered in 6 months.

photo credit: Chicago Now

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