Hearing to consider 8 conditions for medical marijuana

CHICAGO (AP) — A public hearing will be held next month to hear evidence for adding eight medical conditions to the list of what can be treated in the Illinois medical marijuana pilot program.

Anyone who wants to present evidence in favor of adding one of the eight conditions must submit a statement to the Illinois Department of Public Health by email by 5 p.m. on Sept. 30 or by mail postmarked by Sept. 28.

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has so far rejected recommendations to add new conditions to the list. But an advisory board is still scheduled to hold its public hearing on Oct. 7 in Countryside, Illinois. The board was appointed by former Gov. Pat Quinn.

The conditions being considered were submitted by public petition in July. They are: autism, chronic pain due to trauma, chronic pain syndrome, chronic post-operative pain, intractable pain, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoarthritis and post-traumatic stress disorder.