Residents can suggest conditions to add under medical marijuana law

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CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Public Health officials are giving state residents the chance to suggest medical conditions that could be added to the list of conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana under state law.

Officials say petitions can be found at http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/mcpp/Pages/default.aspx, and will be accepted through the end of February.

Under state law, patients with a qualifying condition and their doctor's approval can apply to legally use marijuana to treat the condition.  Some of the conditions covered under the law include glaucoma, HIV, hepatitis C, and cancer.  However, in other states with similar laws, conditions such as migraines, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and arthritis are also allowed.

The advisory board in charge of reviewing the petitions and holding hearings has not yet been appointed.  The appointments can be made by Governor Pat Quinn, or Governor-elect Bruce Rauner, once he takes office.
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