Many Illinois medical marijuana applications still missing documents

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CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Public Health officials say they have received thousands of applications from hopeful patients who want to participate in the state's medical marijuana pilot program, but only 1,500 have submitted all of the supporting documents.

On Thursday, IDPH spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said approximately 8,000 people have started the online application process, with 230 patient applications approved so far.

In order to participate in Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program, patients must have a qualifying condition, such as cancer.  Also, patients must use a state-approved fingerprint vendor to submit their fingerprints for a criminal background check.

Additionally, most patients will have to obtain their doctor's permission to use medical marijuana.  Veterans who receive Veterans Affairs care are exempt from this requirement, as VA doctor are federal employees, and therefore aren't allowed to recommend controlled substances.

For more information on the state's medical marijuana pilot program, visit http://mcpp.illinois.gov.
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