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Medical marijuana use up 80 percent in Illinois

A new report from the Illinois Department of Public Health says medical marijuana use has jumped by 80 percent in the state.

More than 46,000 Illinoisans have used medical marijuana this year, mostly to treat PTSD, fibromyalgia and cancer, according to the report. Other common qualifying conditions are spinal cord disease and injuries, traumatic brain injuries, post-concussion syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

Officials believe the number of medical pot patients in Illinois will continue to increase.

The Alternatives to Opioids Act, which Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law in August, further expanded the state’s medical cannabis pilot program by giving opioid patients access to the drug. The law also eliminated the requirements for fingerprinting and criminal background checks that delayed the state’s application process.

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