Illinois Advocates Launch Petition to Expand Medical Marijuana


In Illinois, medical marijuana advocates are pushing for state health officials to expand the state’s list of qualifying conditions.

On Oct. 7, 2015, the Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board voted to recommend adding eight more health conditions to the list. “The state Department of Public Health is expected to make a decision by the end of this month,” said Tom Angell, a marijuana policy reform activist.

According to MJINews, the Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois has launched a petition in hopes of convincing Gov. Bruce Rauner and Nirav Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, to adopt the recommendation.

The petition has already gathered more than 17,000 signatures, receiving more than 10,000 in one week after being promoted on social media by NORML and the Drug Policy Alliance.

Although Rauner has been resistant to an expansion of the state’s qualifying conditions, the ultimate decision lies with Shah.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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