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Medical Marijuana Laws Take Effect This Week

Question: What should I know about Illinois’ new medical marijuana law? Answer: The medical marijuana law, which takes effect on January 1, 2014, is a four-year pilot program that allows registered marijuana users age 18 and older to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every 14 days from a registered, licensed dispensary. To qualify, a user must have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition. The patient must obtain a written confirmation from a doctor with whom he or she has a legitimate doctor-patient relationship. Persons with felony convictions or who work in certain positions such as law enforcement are prohibited from participating in the program.       For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to   Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit