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Courts Mandate Condition Qualify For Medical Cannabis

A Cook County judge handed down a stern ruling instructing the IDPH to allow those with chronic post-operative pain to take part in the medical cannabis program. (WICS)

A Cook County judge handed down a stern ruling instructing the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to allow those with chronic post-operative pain to take part in the medical cannabis program.

The judge set another court date 30 days later to ensure compliance.

"I think the courts probably made the right decision," said Chris Stone, HCI Alternatives. “I don't think the Department of Public Health handled it the way they probably should have in addressing the petitioner's cases and I think they're probably going to have to go back to reviewing those.”

"IDPH is reviewing the judge's ruling and is consulting with the Office of the Attorney General," said Melaney Arnold, spokesperson, IDPH.

Reactions to the news were mixed on social media.

Stephanie Gutierrez writes: "I have severe reactions to hydrocodone like vomiting and terrible headaches. I would welcome the alternative."

Cathy disagress saying: "What is so wrong with the medicine the doctors gives us now? They pretty well know how the patients are going to respond after surgery. Why does society like to dabble with fire all the time?"

But the owner of HCI Alternatives in Springfield says the move could help people who use highly addictive opiates to treat their pain.

"As we build education and we build momentum to getting doctor's educated, to getting patients educated, I think you're going to find it's a growing trend of people looking to getting off of opiates and the potential for opiate abuse; looking at a gateway to something else that's going to help them with their pain management and I think cannabis is probably the way to go," said Stone.

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