According to state-appointed advisory panel, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) must be added to conditions that could be treated by medical marijuana in Illinois.
Diabetes and anxiety has not been supported by the Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, which met in the Thompson Center. Advocates and detractors spoke with panel before advocates before board members voted on whether to support the use of marijuana in order to treat each medical condition.
There was a need of a majority vote to gather a suggestion. The state is going to take the suggestions into consideration before final rejection or authorization of each condition. The group also recommended allowing the use of marijuana to treat osteoarthritis.
The eating disorder anorexia nervosa was also suggested for authorization. Thrombocythemia, a blood disorder, has not been backed. Jim Champion, a board member and military veteran said that they assessed each symptom on the merits.
“If a condition didn’t get approved it was because either we couldn’t find the medical rationale or the scientific evidence to justify it”, said Leslie Mendoza Temple, a physician and chair of the advisory board. Leslie Mendoza also said that other condition was too broad like anxiety. Numerous different kinds of anxiety are there and everyone can have anxiety as it’s an emotional state.
About 40 medical conditions are there presently that permit for the use of medical marijuana in Illinois. Still, qualifying patients are waiting for their marijuana due to delays in the state licensing process for growers and dispensers of the drug.
Other conditions that got backing of the panel are chronic post-operative pain, Neuro-Behcet’s autoimmune disease, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, polycystic kidney disease and superior canal dehiscence syndrome.