Medical marijuana marks one year anniversary in Illinois

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STATELINE (WIFR) -- About 12,000 people in Illinois have spent the last year legally getting high to help with medical problems.

The first medical marijuana dispensaries opened one year ago. In that time, police say they haven't seen any significant complications and that no patients have had their licenses taken away for using the drug illegally. But some say its hard to get on the list to get the drug.

"The two biggest hospital companies in Rockford discourage it - have posted signs that say the doctors are not allowed to certify it." says David Dunnavan, who suffers from colon cancer and Crohn's disease.

Dunnavan says he is meeting with a pain specialist soon to see if he can get a prescription. Although his pain isn't too severe, he says he is often fatigued and has minor aches and pains.