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New Medical Marijuana Legislation Goes To Governor Rauner

The Illinois Legislature sent a bill to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk this week that eases up some regulations on medical marijuana and allows it to be prescribed as an alternative to opioids. “What we’ve been doing in the state and across the country is not working, too many people have been dealing with too many problems when it comes to opioid addiction and I think medical cannabis can be another option for them,” said Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford). The legislation allows patients to buy medical marijuana from dispensaries based on doctor’s orders and patients cannot be denied based on criminal convictions. Governor Rauner has yet to comment on whether or not he’ll sign the bill, but has generally been opposed to loosening marijuana laws in the past (WREX13)

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