Lead grower Dave Wilson cares for marijuana plants in the "Flower Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center on Sept. 15, 2015, in Albion, Ill. (Seth Perlman, Associated Press file)

Illinois medical marijuana advocacy group pushes for expansion

Patient coalition wants eight more conditions added to the program, including PTSD; a ruling is expected by Feb. 1

CHICAGO — A statewide coalition plans to launch a social media campaign to press Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration to expand the medical marijuana pilot program to more patients.

The Cannabis Patient Advocacy Coalition says its campaign will include short video testimonials from Illinois residents. It kicked off on Monday with an Iraq War veteran asking for post-traumatic stress disorder to be added to the list of eligible conditions.

An expert panel in October recommended adding eight medical conditions to the marijuana treatment list. The Illinois Department of Public Health is expected to rule on the recommendations by the first of February.

The advocacy group’s campaign will use the hashtag slogan #ApproveThe8.

The eight conditions are autism, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoarthritis, PTSD and four pain syndromes.