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Medical marijuana companies expanding Illinois facilities

Updated: Aug. 25, 2018 at 8:49 AM CDT
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JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Marijuana growers across Illinois are expanding, despite years of lower-than-expected demand in the state's medical cannabis pilot program.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the facilities expect more residents to gain access to the drug through a bill awaiting a decision by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The opioid bill would allow medical marijuana to be used in place of prescription painkillers.

Illinois residents must have their doctors certify that they have at least one of 41 qualifying medical conditions, including AIDS and cancer, to be eligible for medical cannabis.

Cresco Labs, which owns three facilities in the state, is planning to expand its Joliet and Lincoln facilities. The company is expanding to keep up with demand from the program's current participants and future participants that could be added in the coming months.

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