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Illinois May Add Conditions to MMJ Program

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Illinois May Add Conditions to MMJ Program

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There’s some good news for residents of Illinois who are suffering from an illness or experiencing unpleasant or life-threatening symptoms not yet listed as one of the approved conditions to qualify for medical cannabis. The Illinois Department of Public Health is now accepting applications to add more medical illnesses to their statewide pilot program to increase the healing reach of cannabis and improve the quality of life for the afflicted.

A blank petition has been posted to the department’s website, which can be downloaded by residents. Each petition can only include a single condition and applications are currently being accepted until Jan. 31. There will be an additional period open for submissions for the month of July.

The document asks whomever is filling it out to describe how the symptoms from the illness and the treatment impair their quality of life. They must also list other “conventional” treatments that they could employ. Lastly, applicants have the responsibility for providing evidence of the proposed benefits of cannabis specific to their condition. Acceptable forms of evidential proof include but are not limited to peer-reviewed published journals or other completed medical studies. They can also submit letters from physicians and other licensed health care providers to support their petition.

Although the state’s medical marijuana pilot program took effect more than a year ago in early 2014 and about 600 residents have been accepted into the program, patients haven’t received any cannabis. The state has also failed to license any cultivators, distributors or dispensaries even though the program was supposed to begin before the end of 2014. The hold up seems to be in exactly how to go about enforcing regulations.

“I am working on that, our agencies are working on that as required by law,” said Gov. Pat Quinn. “But they have to do it right. It’s a complicated matter.”

While some blame state officials for the delay, others like Dan Linn, condemn the policies. The director of the Illinois chapter of NORML notes that if the current regulations allowed patients to grow their own cannabis at home, they’d already have access to their medicine.

There are currently 30 accepted debilitating medical conditions including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, cancer, glaucoma and rheumatoid arthritis. Other potential conditions could include post-traumatic stress syndrome and severe or chronic pain.

Do you have a condition that cannabis could help with? Share with us in the comments.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. TASHA

    January 12, 2015 at 4:15 am

    I HAVE SEVERE POST TRAUMATIC STRESS AND CONSTANT DAILY TRAUMATIC STRESS AND AM BIPOLAR AND INSOMNIA TO NAME A FEW THAT INTERRUPTS MY LIFE ME DAILY. MMJ HELPS ME WITH THESE CONDITIONS DAILY BY ALLOWING ME TO SLEEP AND FUNCTION IN THIS WORLD WITHOUT COMMITTING SUICIDE AND LIVING TO TO RAISE A CHILD ON MY COMPLETE OWN WITH THE HELP OF WELFARE ONLY. I JUST RECENTLY DISCOVERED I AM ANOREXIC WITHOUT MMJ. I’M ABSOLUTELY DEAD INSIDE AND 100% UNABLE TO FUNCTION OR HAVE A WILL TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD WITHOUT IT. WHEN I HAVE IT, I AM A STRAIGHT A UNLV STUDENT OF ACCOUNTING, TAX PRO, SINGLE MOM, ENTERTAINER, FRIEND, CITIZEN AND I CAN SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF ANY TUNNEL. I PUSH TO MAKE LIFE LIVABLE AND HAPPY AND MANAGEABLE NO MATTER HOW HARD. I CAN’T DO LIFE WITHOUT A REASON. WITHOUT MMJ, MY MIND WON’T ALLOW ME TO SEE MY FACE IN THE MIRROR WITHOUT CRYING. AND I’M AM GORGEOUS! SMH.

    • TASHA

      January 12, 2015 at 4:22 am

      ALSO, I REF– USE TO VISIT ANY STATE AND SPEND ANY MONEY THERE IF MMJ IS NOT LEGAL FOR OUT OF STATE PATIENTS. THAT INCLUDES MY TOURS. IN AUGUST 2015 I AM PLANNING TO VISIT NIAGARA FALLS EITHER CANADA OR NEW YORK, WHICH EVER SIDE IS LEGAL FOR ME, AND ALSO VISIT CHICAGO, IL FOR 2 WEEKS SINCE WISCONSIN IS STILL ILLEGAL. I CAN NOT AND WILL NOT BE A TOURIST AND WILL NOT GIVE MY MONEY TO ANY STATES THAT WILL LOCK ME UP FOR BEING AN MMJ PATIENT. THEY WILL NOT GET MY MONEY NO MATTER WHAT. NO JAIL FEES AND NO WAY WILL I GIVE MY MONEY TO THE COMMUNITY THAT IS AGAINST MMJ. I WILL GO ANYWHERE ELSE UNTIL THEN.

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