Illinois rejects medical cannabis for some diseases

March 29, 2017


The Illinois Department of Public Health has rejected intractable pain and autism spectrum disorder as medical conditions that can be treated with medical cannabis.

The petition to add intractable pain to the medical marijuana programme was submitted in July 2015 to the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board.

Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah on Monday noted in rejecting the petition that none of the information submitted demonstrated that an individual diagnosed with intractable pain could benefit from medical cannabis.

Illinois law lists dozens of diseases, including cancer, multiple sclerosis and AIDS, that can qualify a patient for cannabis use with a doctor's recommendation and a state ID card.

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