Illinois Gov. Backs Medical Marijuana Expansion

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May 31, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Bruce Rauner has reversed course on broadening Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program and is now supporting a plan to extend it roughly two years and add more qualifying health conditions.

Legislation filed Friday by Deputy House Leader Lou Lang adds post-traumatic stress syndrome and terminal illness to the qualifying conditions, reconstitutes an advisory board and overhauls procedures. The proposal also extends the sunset to 2020 from 2018.

Rauner has previously rejected attempts at expansion. He vetoed legislation adding PTSD.

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