Military veteran Daniel Paul Jabs won his lawsuit against the state of Illinois to include post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying medical marijuana condition.

On Tuesday, an Illinois judge ruled in favor of Jabs and demanded that the state accept the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board’s recommendation to include PTSD to the state’s list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions. Illinois now has 30 days to amend its qualifying conditions with PTSD and must comply with Cook County Circuit Court Judge Neil Cohen’s stern order.

The ruling will forcibly expedite the state’s delayed inclusion of PTSD patients in its medical cannabis program by either making Governor Rauner sign the state’s stalled expansion bill or forcing the state’s medical board to add PTSD to its list. Either action would have the same outcome: PTSD patients (see: Veterans) in Illinois will finally have safe access to medical cannabis.

Moreover, the ruling’s ramifications may go way beyond just PTSD and could severely bolster Illinois’ lagging medical cannabis program. In May, Illinois’s Medical recommended expanding the state’s program to include PTSD and a variety of other conditions to the state’s list of qualifying medical conditions.

Those conditions include chronic pain and osteoarthritis; those are just two of the seven pending, similar lawsuits against Illinois to expand its medical marijuana program. The exact same judge, Neil Cohen, will preside over those similar cases.

Illinois’ stalled medical marijuana program fought the law–and the law clearly won.

Bernie Canter

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