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Illinois Senate views marijuana as opioid alternative 26 Apr, 2018

Illinois Senate views marijuana as opioid alternative

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois lawmakers are turning to marijuana to fight opioid abuse.

The Senate voted 44-6 Thursday to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids . Those addicted to opioids would also be eligible to apply for a medical card to use marijuana.

Sen. Don Harmon is the sponsor of the plan. The Oak Park Democrat says the measure would combat an opioid crisis “ravaging the state.”

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