Judge Orders Migraines to be Reconsidered for Illinois Condition List

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By Joan Eberhardt

Judge orders migraines to be reconsidered for Illinois condition list

In another blow to Illinois’ governor Bruce Rauner’s veto pen, a Cook County Circuit Court judge has ordered migraines to be reconsidered for the state’s medical marijuana condition list. Just a few weeks ago a different judge ordered a similar measure for PTSD, setting up a strong precedent that would expand medical marijuana patients in the state.

Rauner has been loathe to add new conditions to the list, even when the state’s medical marijuana board recommended they be added to it. Patients who want to legally use medical marijuana to treat their chronic conditions have sued, at least half a dozen further lawsuits are pending. A favorable ruling in these cases would greatly expand the patient list, and could be a boon to the existing, straggling legal cannabis companies in Illinois.

Gov. of Maine won’t even hear about using cannabis instead of opiates

The Governor of Maine cited a lack of scientific evidence as the reason he rejected adding opiate addiction to the state’s medical marijuana condition list. Despite strong public support, and the fact that the current program covers chronic pain, cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder, Governor Paul LePage denied adding opiate addictions. New conditions can be added by law or petitions from the public.

David Boyer, who is leading the state’s pro-legalization efforts called it “a prime example of why it is so important we make marijuana legal for all adults.” When states create a legal cannabis market, it has been proven repeatedly, that problems and deaths that stem from opiate addictions plummet.

Teen could face a year in federal prison for one joint

A Native American teenager in Oregon faces up to a year in federal prison for possession of enough weed for about one joint.

Devontre Thomas, 19, will face a federal trial for the misdemeanor charge, which carries a fine of up to $1000 and a year in prison. The charge, bizarre for going counter the Drug Enforcement Agency’s current guidelines on small possession charges, is a tremendous waste of time and resources, say pro-marijuana advocates. The charge outlined in a one-paragraph document filed last april says Thomas “knowingly and intentionally possessed marijuana.”

The case is bizarre because marijuana is sold legally and recreationally in four states, but because the charge stems from an incident that occurred at a federally-run school for Native American students, it highlights the disparate ways the state and federal governments view cannabis.

So, the War on Drugs isn’t quite over guys. Make sure to vote in November.

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