Despite the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois and problems with a new patient tracking system, the number of patients signed up for... Chronic pain, PTSD top the list of reasons people buy medical marijuana in Illinois. Number of medicinal cardholders grows by 30%.

Despite the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois and problems with a new patient tracking system, the number of patients signed up for medical cannabis grew by 30% in the past year, while their cited reasons for doing so continue to evolve.

Chronic pain, accounting for 31% of patients, and post-traumatic stress disorder, at 16%, are the most common reasons cited for medical cannabis, followed by migraines and osteoarthritis at 10% each and cancer at 5%.

Patients often say the primary reason for getting a medical card, which can cost around $200 with a doctor’s certification, is to avoid high taxes on recreational cannabis, which run near 30% or more.
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