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IL Medical Marijuana Law Covered Illnesses

As most of us know, Illinois has joined 18 other states in making the use of marijuana legal for certain medical conditions. The media has made general descriptions of the new law, but the question on the minds of potential benefactors of this law is: just which medical conditions will permit patients to acquire medical marijuana? In future articles I will deal with some of the specifics of the new law, but for this article you are being provided the list of covered illnesses. The list can be amended by petitioning the Department of Public Health, and if your physician will go to bat for you, you may get other illnesses to qualify you for the right to get medical marijuana.

The current list of illness for which one can qualify for medical marijuana includes: cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia/wasting syndrome, muscular dystrophy, severe fibromyalgia, spinal cord disease, including but not limited to arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia,syringomyelia, Rheumatoid arthritis, fibrous dysplasia, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia, Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA), Parkinson’s, Tourette’s, Myoclonus, Dystonia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I), Causalgia, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II Neurofibromatosis, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Sjogren’s syndrome, Lupus, Interstitial Cystitis, Myasthenia Gravis, Hydrocephalus, nail-patella syndrome, residual limb pain, or the treatment of these conditions.

The medical marijuana bill is about one hundred pages long. In my next article, I hope to anticipate some of your other questions and provide answers.

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