Illinois Bill Would Add PTSD to Medical Marijuana Conditions List


Post-traumatic stress disorder could soon be on the list of qualifying conditions to receive medical marijuana in Illinois.

The bill is part of the measure the Illinois House passed to extend the medical cannabis program until 2020. The bill would also add terminal illness to the list of qualifying conditions, and make patient's cards valid for three years instead of one.

HCI Alternatives says one thing overlooked in the bill is changing the language of how doctors can prescribe the drug.

"Currently the language says that as a physician, in my professional medical opinion, I believe that medical cannabis will benefit my patient, and I think some physicians are hesitant for that," HCI spokesman Chris McCloud said. "This bill would remove that language."

McCloud says they currently have about 120 patients, and have their goal set at 150. HCI thinks this bill would allow them to...

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