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