CHICAGO — The number of Illinois residents who qualify for medical marijuana could rise substantially if the recommendations of an advisory panel are approved.
The state’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board wants to add eight conditions to the list of illnesses that qualify for treatment with pot. Among them are osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, autism and post traumatic stress disorder.
The others are four types of difficult to treat pain: chronic pain syndrome, chronic pain caused by trauma, post operative pain and pain designated as intractable.
The recommendations must be approved by Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration.
Last month, the board’s first 11 suggestions for expanding the list were rejected.
Currently 39 diseases or conditions are approved for marijuana treatment.