- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on the medical marijuana program in Illinois (all times local):

10 a.m.

Illinois patients legally purchased $2.9 million worth of medical marijuana products in July.

State officials with the medical cannabis pilot program released the figures Wednesday. June sales had been $2.57 million. Sales have climbed steadily since purchasing began Nov. 9.

Illinois now has nearly 8,891 qualified medical marijuana patients and 40 registered dispensaries. July’s figures bring the total retail sales of marijuana in Illinois to $16.3 million.

Recent changes in the medical marijuana law required updates to patient paperwork. The Illinois Department of Public Health posted new forms this week for doctors and patients.

The new material includes a form physicians must use to certify that a patient has a qualifying health condition. Doctors no longer need to recommend marijuana, but must certify a patient’s diagnosis.

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Online:

https://www.illinois.gov/gov/mcpp/Pages/update08032016.aspx

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5:40 a.m.

Illinois health officials have posted new forms for doctors and patients in the state’s medical marijuana program to reflect changes in the law.

The Illinois Department of Public Health posted the updated information on its website Tuesday. The new material includes a form physicians must use to certify that a patient has a qualifying health condition. Doctors no longer need to recommend marijuana, but must certify a patient’s diagnosis.

An updated patient application is available, as is new information on how patients who are terminally ill can apply for a medical marijuana card.

The department has posted updated information for current patients on renewing their marijuana cards. The department says it will mail a letter with renewal information to registered cardholders 90 days before their cards expire.

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Online: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis

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