Illinois patients receiving first medical marijuana approval letters

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CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Public Health officials say the first approval letters have been sent to patients throughout the state who have applied to use medical marijuana.

On Monday, IDPH spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said that about a dozen letters have been sent out, while the state reviews thousands of applications from patients.  One of those patients, 48-year-old Jim Champion, received an approval letter last week.  He's a veteran who suffers from multiple sclerosis, which is a qualifying condition under the new law.

Illinois is currently accepting applications from patients whose last names begin with letters A through L.  Those with last names beginning with letters M through Z will be able to start applying on November 1.

For more information on Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program, visit http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/mcpp/Pages/default.aspx.
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