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Advisory Board Recommends Expanding Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Program, Again

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(via firedoglake.com)

An advisory board that has been tasked with reviewing Illinois’ medical marijuana program and recommending expansions to the list of qualifying conditions has determined that there needs to be more conditions that qualify to become a medical marijuana patient in Illinois. This is not the first time that they have done so. The advisory board previously recommended adding 11 conditions, but that proposal was rejected by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. This time around, the board hopes to add 8 new conditions. Per Fox Chicago:

An advisory board voted Wednesday to add eight health conditions — including chronic pain syndrome, autism, osteoarthritis and post-traumatic stress disorder — to the list of illnesses that can be treated by medical marijuana in Illinois.

The state’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board had expressed frustration last month when Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration rejected its first 11 suggestions for expanding the list of medical conditions. Osteoarthritis and PTSD were on that earlier list, so Wednesday’s votes reaffirmed the board’s viewpoint and put the matter back in Rauner’s hands.

Board chair Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple said Wednesday that she hopes the Rauner administration will have a different response to the latest round of suggestions after dispensaries start selling the drug, which will be later this month or in early November.

There is something very wrong when the medical opinion of an advisory board, chaired by a medical doctor, gets trumped by a politician because the politician doesn’t want to let go of failed policies of the past. If Governor Rauner prevents these recommendations from being added to the Illinois medical marijuana program (some conditions of which are being recommended for the second time), then it is clear that he feels that politics is more important than helping sick people. That would be absolutely disgusting, and I would hope that Illinois politicians would start calling for him to resign. Illinois deserves a Governor who has compassion, and not one who prioritizes politics over patients.

  • The Truth

    May the end result of Rauner’s hypocrisy be full legalization.

  • beastiebloomz

    The il gov is not a friend of mmj or the sick ppl needing relief.he has stated many times that the mmj licenses should have gone to the highest bidder which I thought it already did.they sold out the program as soon as they could.

  • Lawrence Goodwin

    All 78 years of federal “marihuana” prohibition in the United States have been hyper-politicized in the same “absolutely disgusting” way. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and dozens of other governors are proud to display the exact same arrogance toward cannabis plants as Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. It’s time for 50 million Americans to descend on Washington, D.C. and demand the immediate, complete removal of the fraudulent legal term “marihuana” from the Controlled Substances Act. We have to rip the heart right out of this cannabis prohibition beast!

  • Ron Youngblood

    Illinois politicians are dragging their feet on this, don’t forget Illinois is home to some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the country which no doubt has an impact on medical cannabis. If Illinois wants to get out of its debt ridden hole it is in, it needs to use the other legalized states as a model and full legalize recreational and medical and reap in the taxes. By legalization it will bring jobs, industry, sales and taxes back to Illinois in place of people moving out at an alarming rate people would be moving here to a cannabis friendly state. Its time has come that we the people be given a choice between cannabis and alcohol. Our freedom of choice has been denied for to long!

  • JohnS

    Rauner is lazy. He did not become governor to waste his precious time on weed. He would prefer more self centered pursuits.