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Patients Who Need Medical Marijuana Face Huge Struggles in Illinois

In less than two months, if all falls into place as expected, the first batches of Illinois-grown medical cannabis will be arriving at dispensary shelves in Sauget, Collinsville and dozens of other towns around the state.

But tens of thousands of Illinois patients who potentially could qualify for the medical marijuana cards they need to obtain the medicine will be out of luck — either because they can’t find physicians to sign off on the cards, or because they can’t afford pricey cannabis-based products in light of the fact that health insurance companies such as Aetna and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois refuse to cover it.

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