medical marijuana

A judge has ordered Illinois health officials to reconsider their decision not to include migraine headaches on the list of conditions that qualify for use of medical marijuana in the state.

The Chicago Tribune reports that a Cook County judge overturned Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah's denial of a petition to add migraines to the list.

The court ruling was in response to a suit filed by an unidentified man who has already been using marijuana to treat his headaches.

The Illinois medical marijuana industry saw $2.57 million in retail sales during June, a sign of continuing steady growth of the retail market.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture released the figures Thursday.

May sales had been nearly $2.3 Illinois now has nearly 7,600 qualified medical marijuana patients and 39 registered dispensaries.

June's figures bring the total retail sales of marijuana in Illinois to $13.8 million since purchasing began Nov. 9.

First Medical Marijuana Clinic In Sauk Valley Opens

Jul 8, 2016

  Fulton will become the home of the Sauk Valley’s first medical marijuana dispensary. reports the facility is located on 16th Avenue of the Whiteside County city and will serve about 150 regional residents with permits for prescription cannabis. 

Currently, Illinois patients are eligible for a medical marijuana permit if they have one of 39 conditions, such as cancer, glaucoma, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  About 7,900 people statewide have such permits.  

Governor Bruce Rauner signed Illinois Senate Bill 10 on Thursday.

It now gives post-traumatic stress disorder patients access to medical marijuana and extends the state’s pilot program until July 2020.

It also opens the program to those with a terminal illness with a diagnosis of six months or less.

And it will regulate how doctors approve patients for other debilitating medical conditions.

Judge Orders Illinois To Add PTSD To Medical Marijuana List

Jun 29, 2016

A Cook County judge has ordered Illinois to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of diseases eligible for medical marijuana treatment in a case filed by a military veteran.

Judge Neil Cohen on Tuesday ordered the Department of Public Health's director to add PTSD within 30 days.

The sternly worded ruling says Director Nirav Shah "engaged in a private investigation, hidden from public view" that was "constitutionally inappropriate."