Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Medical Marijuana Use Grows Slow, Steady in Illinois

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Medical Marijuana Use Grows Slow, Steady in Illinois

Article excerpt

CHICAGO * Illinois is marking its first year of medical marijuana sales as more states voted on Election Day to allow legal use of the drug.

Despite anecdotes of medical marijuana's positive influence on patients, broader data and randomized clinical trials of its use remain very limited, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Officials said there have been very few overt problems with the program since the first dispensaries opened in Illinois on Nov. 9, 2015. Police said that they hadn't seen any significant complications and that no patients had had their licenses rescinded for using the drug illegally.

Opponents of the medical marijuana program continue to raise concerns about negative effects, harm from smoking, use by minors and increasing traffic crashes.

"It sends a message to our young people that there's not a problem with this drug and it's perfectly safe," said Dr. …

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