Illinois Judge Lists Pain as Part of Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

A volunteer displays cannabis buds at the La Brea Collective medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California, March 18, 2014. The dispensary is on a list released by the city of over 100 stores that meet some of the requirements of a voter-approved measure. Picture taken March 18, 2014
A volunteer displays cannabis buds at the La Brea Collective medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California, March 18, 2014. The dispensary is on a list released by the city of over 100 stores that meet some of the requirements of a voter-approved measure. Picture taken March 18, 2014. (File image via Reuters)

In yet another pro-medical cannabis ruling coming out of Illinois, a judge has ordered to expand medical marijuana qualifying conditions to include intractable pain.

Cook County Judge Raymond Mitchell ordered Department of Public Health to add the condition to its list, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The agency had previously rejected the move. Meanwhile, the judge’s orders are expected to be on hold while the appeal is pursued.

Ann Mednick is the woman behind the lawsuit which resulted in the ruling.

Mednick started taking opioid pills to manage her acute pain caused by osteoarthritis but wants a treatment with fewer side effects and to be more functional in her daily life.

Rheumatoid arthritis is on the list of about 40 qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, but osteoarthritis is not, nor is a general or chronic pain, the Chicago Tribune said.

The ruling comes just a couple of days after Judge John Robert Blakey allowed an 11-year-old girl, who is suffering from seizures after beating leukemia, to take her medically-prescribed marijuana at her school in Illinois.

His judgment liberated her and the staff at her elementary school from any fear that they might get into trouble with the law.

There are 29 U.S. states in addition to Washington DC that have legalized medical marijuana.

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