Medical marijuana is known to help pain patients in various ways. For example, one way medical marijuana could be helpful is in avoiding addiction to prescription painkillers and reduce opioid overdoses. Legislation was passed and Governor Bruce Rauner will be soon weighing in. Allowing people who have been prescribed an opioid, to use marijuana instead could possibly reduce opioid-related fatalities. If the legislation is approved it could increase enrollment in the state’s medical cannabis program dramatically. This bill, if passed, would do more than just assist pain patients who would like to take part in the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program but also drastically reduce wait for other patients to gain access to the one of the cannabis dispensaries. The bill would also eliminate the required fingerprinting and background checks for applications and prohibit physicians from using outside medical and office buildings to examine patients and certify whether or not they would qualify for medical cannabis.