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July 23, 2014, 9:20 pm
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Convicted Felons Can't Be Prescribed Medicinal Pot in Illinois


A woman whose story helped inspire the successful fight for medical marijuana in Illinois won’t be able to use it herself.

 

53-year-old Michelle DiGiacomo has used marijuana for pain relief from multiple illnesses, including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and spinal stenosis.

 

But while she obtained the drug legally in California, she was using it here, where it was still illegal at the time.

 

As a result, she was arrested and eventually pleaded guilty to a felony drug possession charge.

 

Illinois’s medical marijuana law prohibits doctors from prescribing the drug for convicted felons.

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