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Tom Schuba/Sun-Times Opioid patients seeking relief under the new program need a doctor to certify their condition, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Once a doctor has entered the certification into the state’s tracking system, a patient can register for the program online, at a dispensary or at a local health department with a $10 fee, passport photo, state-issued ID and proof of Illinois residency. Patients then receive an electronic medical cannabis card that can be used to purchase pot at any dispensary for 90 days, before a doctor would have to renew the card. On Thursday, the first day of opioid-related sales, 24 doctors registered for the program and 35 patients began enrolling, public health officials said. Four of those patients completed the process and are now eligible to buy pot from their chosen dispensary, while the others are waiting for certification from a physician. The opioid replacement law could mark the largest expansion to Illinois’ medical marijuana program. Patients prescribed opioids can now buy medical marijuana in Illinois – Chicago Sun-Times

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