Illinois Judge Rules PTSD Must be Included on Medical Marijuana List


A judge in Cook County, Ill., has ruled post-traumatic stress disorder must be included with other diseases legally treatable with medical marijuana, according to an Associated Press report of June 28, 2016.

Judge Neil Cohen made the June 28, 2016, ruling in a lawsuit brought by Daniel Paul Jabs, a veteran of the Iraq war.

Nirav Shah, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, rejected Jabs’s petition to add PTSD to the state’s medical marijuana list, despite the approval of an advisory board.

Cohen said Shah had conducted a “private investigation” concerning the eligibility of PTSD for medical marijuana. The judge ruled the investigation “constitutionally inappropriate.”

Jabs’s attorney, Michael Goldberg, said his client “feels this decision gives him and other military veterans suffering from PTSD the respect they deserve from the state and the governor’s office.”

Cohen’s ruling requires the state to allow medical marijuana for PTSD within the next 30 days.

Oddly enough, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, Illinois legislators earlier in the month passed a bill adding PTSD as a “debilitating medical condition” appropriate for medical marijuana. The bill was sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner on June 6, 2016.

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