Chronic Pain Could Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Illinois

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Marijuana plants are for sale at Harborside marijuana dispensary, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Starting New Year’s Day, recreational marijuana can be sold legally in California. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

Soon, patients suffering chronic pain could qualify for medical marijuana.

Tuesday, a judge ordered the Department of Public Health to add “intractable pain” to the list of 41 conditions.

The IDPH argues there isn’t enough research to support the decision. It plans to appeal. Still, advocates say it’s a big step forward.

The defendant in Tuesday’s case uses opioids to treat her pain. She wanted access to medical cannabis to avoid side effects.

Right now, lawmakers are working on legislation to extend medical marijuana to patients currently using prescription pain killers.

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