Illinois Republican governor signs bill allowing medical marijuana as alternative to opioids

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a bill Tuesday allowing physicians to prescribe medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids, including OxyContin and Vicodin.

“We’ve got to do everything we can to stop this vicious epidemic,” Rauner said in a news release. “We are creating an alternative to opioid addiction. … It’s clear that medical marijuana treats pain effectively, and is less addictive and disruptive than opioids.”

In 2016, opioid overdoses in the state had...

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