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Illinois medical marijuana patients now number 2,300

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, a sample of medical marijuana is displayed at a dispensary in Portland, Ore. Illinois residents have petitioned the state to add more than 20 medical conditions to the medical marijuana program, including anxiety, migraines, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder. Petitioners identifying themselves as veterans of Vietnam and Iraq asked that PTSD be included, making emotional pleas for help, according to 269 pages of petitions obtained by The Associated Press through the state's Freedom of Information Act.  (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, a sample of medical marijuana is displayed at a dispensary in Portland, Ore. Illinois residents have petitioned the state to add more than 20 medical conditions to the medical marijuana program, including anxiety, migraines, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder. Petitioners identifying themselves as veterans of Vietnam and Iraq asked that PTSD be included, making emotional pleas for help, according to 269 pages of petitions obtained by The Associated Press through the state's Freedom of Information Act. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois is continuing to approve patients to use medical marijuana, with about 300 more approval letters sent in April.

The Illinois Department of Public Health released the updated numbers Wednesday. The department has issued about 2,300 approval letters to qualifying marijuana patients since September.

The health department says about 20,800 people have logged onto the program's patient application website. Of those, about 3,000 have submitted an application.

The tally falls short of the number program officials hoped would enroll in the first year. In July, former program coordinator Bob Morgan said "thousands, hopefully tens of thousands" were expected to enroll.

An advisory board recommended 11 more health conditions for the program this week. The new conditions include osteoarthritis, migraine and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Online:

Medical Cannabis Pilot Program: http://mcpp.illinois.gov

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