Illinois panel again urges medical marijuana expansion

An Illinois advisory board is once again recommending that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration add new health conditions to a list of what can be treated legally with medical marijuana.
The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board met Monday in Springfield. Its members voted to recommend diabetes and panic disorder to the program.
The board repeated its endorsement of 10 other health conditions it already had approved last year. This marked the third time the board recommended osteoarthritis and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The recommendations need approval from Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah, a Rauner appointee who has twice before rejected the board’s suggestions.
Currently, 39 conditions and diseases can qualify a patient to use marijuana legally in Illinois. State law allows people to suggest new diseases for the program twice annually.

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