IL Senate passes bill to use medical marijuana to combat opioid addiction

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Senate passed a bill that would use medical marijuana to combat opioid addiction.

Senate Bill 336 would amend the medical marijuana program to allow those prescribed opioids to use cannabis instead.

The goal is to allow a safe alternative to opioids, which ware highly addictive and potentially deadly. 

Patients would be allow to buy medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries for the same length of that that they are prescribed the opioids by their doctor.

Patients would also be eligible to apply for a medical marijuana card.

The current marijuana program requires patients to be suffering from a debilitating disease or condition to qualify.

Lawmakers hope this will help curb the growing opioid crisis.

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