Medical marijuana hearing has sign-up deadline for speakers

CHICAGO (AP) — People who want to present evidence about adding migraines, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions to the Illinois medical marijuana program must mail a statement of intent by Saturday. An advisory board is reviewing 14 medical conditions suggested by public petitions and will hold a public hearing May 4. People wishing to present evidence at the hearing are asked to send a summary of their testimony to the Illinois Department of Public Health. It must be postmarked by Saturday. The health department reviewed the public’s petitions and forwarded those meeting the program’s requirements to the advisory board. Some conditions, including insomnia and bipolar disorder, didn’t make the list because the petitions were disqualified. More information is on the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program website.