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On the heels of news of six dispensaries being approved in Chicago, the medical marijuana program in Illinois continues to move along swimmingly.

Wednesday, Melaney Arnold, the Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman announced they have officially approved approximately six hundred patient applications.

She noted about 11,000 people had started the process online, with an additional 1,600 filing some sort of paperwork. About a month ago the department had only approved 230 patient applications. Similar to most medical marijuana programs in other states, patients in Illinois are required to have a Doctor’s recommendation and an approved disease or symptom to attain any cannabis. Additionally patients must submit their fingerprints for a criminal background check through a state-approved vendor.

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