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In Illinois, medical marijuana can now replace opioids

An old photo popped up on Tashena Altman's Facebook profile recently, showing her a memory from three years ago.

"I had maybe 15 pill bottles in the picture, just to do my daily life," said Altman, who has pain from sickle cell anemia.

Altman, 31, has been using marijuana bought on the black market to wean her off the pills, many of them opioids. With two children, one of whom is disabled, she can't afford to be in a fog from painkillers. The marijuana has helped - she takes only vitamins daily now, and her hospital visits have become

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