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Illinois sending marijuana approvals to patients

CHICAGO – The first approval letters have been sent to Illinois patients who’ve applied to use medical marijuana legally, Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold confirmed Monday.

Arnold said about a dozen letters have been sent as the state continues to review applications from patients, which have come in by the thousands since the beginning of the month.

To deal with the volume of applications, Illinois is taking them only from patients whose last names begin with A through L. Patients whose last names begin with M through Z have been asked to wait until Nov. 1 to apply.

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