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Illinois seeks medical marijuana board nominees

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  • Brett Roeper asks a question Wednesday, Aug. 20, in Chicago during the last of three town hall meetings that gave patients, caregivers and aspiring business owners a chance to inquire about the application process for Illinois' medical marijuana program. Roeper wanted to know about whether dispensaries will be able to open medical marijuana packaging to let customers see and smell the product. A standing-room-only crowd of more than 500 attended the meeting.

      Brett Roeper asks a question Wednesday, Aug. 20, in Chicago during the last of three town hall meetings that gave patients, caregivers and aspiring business owners a chance to inquire about the application process for Illinois' medical marijuana program. Roeper wanted to know about whether dispensaries will be able to open medical marijuana packaging to let customers see and smell the product. A standing-room-only crowd of more than 500 attended the meeting.
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The new medical marijuana program in Illinois is looking for health professionals and patients to serve on an advisory board.

The 15-member board will make recommendations about which medical conditions can be added to the list of those approved for medical marijuana use in the state.

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Board members will be appointed by the governor. There is no compensation other than expenses.

Only patients with certain medical problems can apply for ID cards to use medical marijuana. But the new law allows the public to petition to add medical conditions to the list. The board will review the petitions, hold public hearings and make a written report based on experience and evidence-based medical research.

More information about how to apply can be found on the program's website.

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