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Judge To State: Reconsider Marijuana Treatment For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A Cook County judge is ordering the state of Illinois to reconsider adding Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) to the list of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana.

An anonymous man filed suit against the Illinois Department of Public Health because it didn’t approve IBS to be legally treated with medical cannabis. The man’s attorney, Michael Goldberg, says the condition can be painful and embarrassing.

“There’s almost not a day that he doesn’t endure pain. And the pharmaceutical drugs that he’s been perscribed have terrible side effects, one of which is constipation which is one of the problems you have with Irritable Bowel Syndrome,” he said.

Goldberg says his client has been suffering for years, and he hasn’t been using marijuana on a regular basis to alleviate the pain.

Last week, a Cook County judge ordered the Department of Public Health to reconsider adding migraine headaches to the list of illnesses that can be treated with marijuana. A different judge ruled similarly for IBS. The state could still reject giving approval to both conditions.

A court decision is pending for other illnesses, including chronic pain and osteoarthritis.

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