Illinois' medical marijuana program has had a slow start and is receiving no help from the governor's administration after they have consistently denied certain ailments from becoming qualifying conditions. The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, occupied by doctors, nurses, and patients alike, has chosen several medical conditions that have been routinely shut down by Governor Rauner's administration. The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board submitted 12 conditions for consideration, 10 of which have been denied before. Emotional testimonies were heard from a mother whose daughter has type 1 diabetes and must fight through massive discomfort and pain to inject insulin, when medical marijuana can ease her symptoms without a syringe. Despite persistence, Rauner's administration denied 10 of the conditions.
The board rejected using medical marijuana for persistent depressive disorder, Lyme disease and MRSA, a drug-resistant staph infection.
Ten conditions Rauner's public health agency rejected again were autism, chronic pain syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, neuropathy, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain due to trauma, chronic post-op pain, intractable pain, migraines and osteoarthritis.