Illinois panel OKs marijuana for pain, other conditions

COUNTRYSIDE, Ill. (AP) — An advisory board has voted to add eight health conditions — including chronic pain syndrome, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder — to the list of illnesses that can be treated by marijuana in Illinois.

The state’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board made the recommendations Wednesday at a meeting in suburban Chicago. The suggestions next need approval by Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah, an appointee of Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The board expressed frustration last month when Rauner’s administration rejected its first 11 suggestions for expanding the list of medical conditions. Board chair Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple on Wednesday asked the administration to take the board’s work seriously.