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Illinoisans Can Make Medical Marijuana Suggestions Next Month


Illinois residents who want to add specific diseases to the state's medical marijuana pilot program have another chance to submit suggestions next month.

The state public health department will accept petitions starting Jan. 1. The program allows people to suggest additional diseases for the program twice annually.

An advisory board reviews suggestions and makes recommendations. So far, no new conditions were added to the 39 listed in the original law.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration rejected 11 new conditions in September. Another set of recommendations awaits the administration's decision, which is due February first.

Illinois has approved 3,600 residents as marijuana patients. Regulated medical marijuana sales began last month in Illinois.

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