The use of medical marijuana is growing in Illinois thanks in part to recent changes in legislation that allows cannabis to be used as an alternative to opioid pain medication.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 336 in August allowing doctors to prescribe medical cannabis as an alternative to prescription opioids.' Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois Director of Communications Rebecca Mason said it's a viable alternative.

"There's a lot of growing evidence that's been published in medical journals and other places that shows that medical cannabis patients have been able to reduce or eliminate opioid use," Mason said.

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