Customers Line Up As Medical Marijuana Goes on Sale in Illinois Today

Marijuana is expected to be sold legally in Illinois for the first time in decades Monday to those who have qualified to be among the first patients in the state’s medical cannabis program.

Barring any last-minute glitches, up to eight marijuana dispensaries, including several in the Chicago area, are scheduled to open Monday, after state regulators gave cultivation centers the go-ahead to start shipping the drug to the retailers late last week.

Michael Murphy, of Mokena, was one of about 10 people waiting outside EarthMed, a dispensary in Addison, on Monday morning to purchase their first doses of medical pot. The facility was scheduled to open at 11 a.m.

He said he hopes the drug will relieve headaches he suffers from past concussions playing football and injuries from a car crash, and he hopes it replaces the prescription painkillers he’s been taking.

Murphy, 54, said he’s used marijuana before but feels more comfortable now that he can purchase it legally.

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