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Rauner rejects expansion of medical marijuana program

Governor Bruce Rauner has rejected adding new medical conditions to Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program.

Just days ago, supporters pushed to expand the list protested at the State Capitol.

Caprice Sweatt said medical cannabis helps military veterans cope with debilitating symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or P-T-S-D.

"We're pleading with the governor to hear our voices, to please approve the eight conditions that are so desperately needed for sick people in Illinois."

The group Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access says twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day.

Patients with about 40 medical conditions can currently apply to legally buy and use cannabis. 

Rauner's decision on Friday means that P-T-S-D will NOT be added to that list.

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.