Georgia House Votes to Add PTSD and Intractable Pain to State’s Medical Marijuana Program

Georgia’s House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed legislation to expand the state’s medical marijuana program.

The House approved House Bill 764 Wednesday in a 145 to 17 vote, sending it to the Senate for consideration. The measure would allow those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and  intractable pain to join the state’s Low THC Oil Patient Registry. The registry, established in 2015, allows those with certain medical conditions to legally possess and use up to 20 ounces of low-THC cannabis oil .

If the bill is approved by the Senate, it will be sent to Governor Nathan Deal for consideration; Deal has expressed support for the measure, indicating he would likely sign it into law if given the chance. If the measure does become law, PTSD and intractable pain would join epilepsy, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, sickle cell anemia, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and mitochondrial disease as qualifying conditions.

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Illinois Judge Orders State to Add Intractable Pain as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

In a decision that will significantly expand the pool of people eligible to use medical cannabis in Illinois, a judge has ruled that the state must add intractable pain as a qualifying medical cannabis condition.

In 2016 the Illinois Department of Public Health rejected a petition to add intractable pain to the state’s medical cannabis program. Now, two years later, Cook County Judge Raymond Mitchell has ordered the agency to add the condition. Intractable pain is defined as pain that’s resistant to standard treatment options.

The ruling comes from a lawsuit brought forth by Ann Mednick, who often experiences extreme pain associated with osteoarthritis; Mednick uses prescription opioids, but says they fail to control the pain and result in numerous side effects.

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