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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 30, 2015) — Post-traumatic stress disorder would be considered a debilitating illness that can be treated with medically prescribed marijuana under legislation headed to Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The House approved state Rep. Lou Lang’s measure 68-36 on Saturday. The Skokie Democrat says marijuana can help people suffering from PTSD.

PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event that a person experiences or witnesses. There has been a lot of attention to it in the past decade because troops in combat are susceptible.

Studies indicate that marijuana can help with memory extinction necessary to eliminate PTSD symptoms. Federal authorities point to other research that it could harm patients.

An Illinois advisory board recommended that PTSD be added to list of cannabis-eligible illnesses this month.

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