Illinois begins accepting medical marijuana applications

CHICAGO - Thousands of Illinois patients are now able to apply for special ID cards that would allow them to use medical marijuana under a new state law.

On Tuesday, authorities started to accept medical marijuana ID card applications from patients.  Caregivers can also be designated by patients to obtain medical marijuana, but those caregivers must also apply for ID cards.

Under Illinois' medical marijuana law, patients who wish to participate in the program must have a written certification from a doctor and get a fingerprint-based background check.  Only patients with certain medical conditions will be approved.

Currently, applications are only being accepted from patients whose last names start with letters A through L.  Patients with last names starting with letters M through Z will have to wait until November 1 to apply.

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