List Of Qualifying Conditions For Illinois Medical Marijuana Program

A medical marijuana program’s success is directly tied,
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to the amount and type of qualifying conditions the program accepts. My home state (Oregon) has a fairly expansive list, which is why we have such a large patient base per capita. Compare that to New Jersey, which has a very short list of qualifying conditions, and as a result, doesn’t have a program that serves as many patients as it should.

Illinois is another very restrictive state, and up until recently, didn’t have a process in place to let citizens petition to have conditions added to the program. That has changed recently, as the State of Illinois is now asking for suggestions on what conditions to add to the program next. Per CBS Local:

The Illinois Department of Public Health is accepting petitions through the end of February and an advisory board will review them and hold public hearings. A blank petition, posted on the state’s medical cannabis website, encourages petitioners to attach supporting medical evidence. Petitions will be accepted twice a year. The next petition period will be in July.

Gov. Pat Quinn hasn’t appointed the advisory board that will review petitions and hold hearings. If Quinn is going to make appointments, he will need to do so before Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner takes office Monday. Melaney Arnold, a spokeswoman for the health department, said Tuesday she had no update on the timing of advisory board appointments.

Below is the current list of conditions allowed to become a medical marijuana patient in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health:

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia
Cachexia/wasting syndrom
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
Crohn’s disease
CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
Fibromyalgia (severe)
Fibrous dysplasia
Hepatitis C
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Interstitial Cystitis
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscular dystrophy
Myasthenia Gravis
Nail-patella syndrome
Parkinson’s disease
Post-concussion syndrome
RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I)
Residual limb pain
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy (Starting January 1, 2015)
Sjogren’s syndrome
Spinal cord disease, including, but not limited to, arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia
Spinal cord injury
Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
Tourette’s syndrome
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)