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List Of Qualifying Conditions For Illinois Medical Marijuana Program Could Expand

Illinois medical marijuana hb 1A medical marijuana program’s success is directly tied to the amount and type of qualifying conditions the program accepts. My home state (Oregon) has a fairly expansive list, which is why we have such a large patient base per capita. Compare that to New Jersey, which has a very short list of qualifying conditions, and as a result, doesn’t have a program that serves as many patients as it should.

Illinois is another very restrictive state, and up until recently, didn’t have a process in place to let citizens petition to have conditions added to the program. That has changed recently, as the State of Illinois is now asking for suggestions on what conditions to add to the program next. Per CBS Local:

The Illinois Department of Public Health is accepting petitions through the end of February and an advisory board will review them and hold public hearings. A blank petition, posted on the state’s medical cannabis website, encourages petitioners to attach supporting medical evidence. Petitions will be accepted twice a year. The next petition period will be in July.

Gov. Pat Quinn hasn’t appointed the advisory board that will review petitions and hold hearings. If Quinn is going to make appointments, he will need to do so before Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner takes office Monday. Melaney Arnold, a spokeswoman for the health department, said Tuesday she had no update on the timing of advisory board appointments.

Below is the current list of conditions allowed to become a medical marijuana patient in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health:

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrom
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Fibromyalgia (severe)
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I)
  • Residual limb pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy (Starting January 1, 2015)
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease, including, but not limited to, arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

  • Sarijuana

    That’s a pretty long list.

  • My family is going to try to get CBD for schizophrenia added.

    • Ken Schabelski

      …CBD IS LEGAL IN ALL FIFTY STATES…

      • For some conditions and not others.

  • Silly Rabbit

    Not sure what I would add …. The fact they added Tourette’s syndrome is a blessing!

  • Davis

    I’m a bit snarky on this topic. My condition is listed in other states but not IL so getting added would be great. However we are 1 year and 5 months into a two year pilot program and the people covered by the original conditions list still haven’t gotten anything from this bill. This bill will expire before anyone gets to participate. Sure chances are good that the bill will get renewed but probably with the same level of urgency.

  • Signal Bay

    Severe Pain? PTSD?