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Swedish Covenant Hospital officials want to dispense medical marijuana

Dr. Jeffrey Cilley general oncologist Swedish Covenant Hospital looks forward including medical marijuanas tool manage paanxiety nauseassociated with cancer other

Dr. Jeffrey Cilley, a general oncologist at Swedish Covenant Hospital, looks forward to including medical marijuana as a tool to manage the pain, anxiety, and nausea associated with cancer and other illnesses he treats. The North Side hospital hopes to be one of the first hospitals in Illinois to fill its patients' prescriptions for medical marijuana from a dedicated pharmacy. July 16, 2014. Peter Holderness / Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 22, 2014 6:09AM



For seriously ill patients who rely on medical marijuana to ease their pain, paying for their treatment can be a “risky operation,” according to multiple sclerosis patient Julie Falco.

But if officials at Swedish Covenant Hospital get their way, medical marijuana users like Falco could one day purchase their cannabis at a hospital dispensary — just like a patient buying a dosed antibiotic or a powerful pain reliever at the hospital’s pharmacy.

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