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An Illinois veteran is asking a judge to reverse a state decision against adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of diseases eligible for medical marijuana treatment.

Daniel Paul Jabs filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court. He has been diagnosed with PTSD, according to the court filing.

Attorney Michael K. Goldberg represents Jabs. He says four other patients plan to file similar complaints.

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The chair of Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board isn’t holding out a lot of hope for some conditions to be approved for treatment with the drug, even after endorsing them a second time.

The list of eight recommended in the panel’s meeting last week included post-traumatic stress disorder and osteoarthritis.

Weeks before, Illinois Public Health Director Nirav Shah rejected those conditions, and nine others, while Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill supporting cannabis treatment for PTSD. 

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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. 

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Is it marketing or an “awareness campaign?” That’s the question sparked by a company’s upcoming ads for medical marijuana.

Chicago-based Cresco Labs is the BIG player in Illinois’ medical marijuana market. It holds permits for cultivation centers in Joliet, Kankakee, and Lincoln. It’s a big investment for the company…so it’s investing what it says is “seven figures” worth of ads, in print and on radio, social media, and billboards.

The Demand For Medical Cannabis In Illinois

Sep 15, 2015
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Legislation creating Illinois’ medical marijuana law took effect at the start of 2014, but nearly two years into it, no product has been sold.  In Monday's report on the opening of one of the first cultivation sites, we heard about one of the companies growing the state’s first crop of medical cannabis.  

Now, we hear about those hoping to benefit. 

They include Army Veteran Dan Jabs, who served a 10-month tour in Iraq a decade ago. 

When he came back, he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

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Illinois may miss a deadline to rule on proposals for more qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. The main sponsor of the program in the General Assembly says he’s not worried.

Monday went by without Illinois Public Health Director Nirav Shah ruling on whether to add 11 illnesses to the 40 to be covered when the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries open. That will likely be sometime in the fall. 

The list of recommendations from Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, osteoarthritis, and migraines. 

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While Illinois deals with invasive Asian Carp in its waterways, medical marijuana plants are ripening for sale across the state. 

The two issues might share an economic link.

Medical cannabis is set for sale this fall.  That’s caught the attention of some of the state’s fishing industry.  

A fish processing company in northwestern Illinois sees the budding medical pot business as a new market for a product they sell, made of Asian Carp from the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.  

10 Children Now Eligible For Medical Marijuana

Aug 7, 2015

Illinois has approved about 200 new patient applications for medical marijuana during July, including 10 children.

A total of 2,800 patients now have approval to use marijuana, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced this week.

The July announcement is the first time the department announced how many approved applicants are younger than 18.

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Illinois residents who want to add specific diseases to the state's medical marijuana pilot program have another chance to submit their suggestions starting tomorrow.

The Illinois Department of Public Health will accept petitions through July. Instructions will be posted on the program's website. An advisory board will review the petitions and hold a public hearing.

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Patients, growers, and business owners are waiting while Illinois continues the process of setting up its medical cannabis program. One northern Illinois native is in all three of those roles in Arizona, where medical marijuana has been legal for five years. 

Jennifer Brdlik is operations director for “Elevated Care” and “Aromatic Kitchens,” companies that produce cannabis-based foods and tinctures. She spoke with WNIJ’s Susan Stephens about why she got into the business and where she thinks it’s headed in Illinois.

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