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Senate Bill 336, which sailed through on a 44-6 bipartisan vote, would amend the medical marijuana program to allow those prescribed opioids to use cannabis instead, the idea being to provide a safe alternative to highly addictive and sometimes deadly opioids. The bill now heads to the House.

Under the language of the bill, patients would be entitled to buy medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries for the length they were prescribed opioids by their physician. Patients would also be eligible to apply for a medical marijuana card. The state’s medical marijuana program, passed in 2013, is one of the most restrictive in the country. It currently requires participants to with a debilitating condition, like seizures or Parkinson’s disease, to qualify.


Isaiah K. Dennis, 18, Ottumwa, Iowa, and Xavier C. Dennis, 19, also of Ottumwa, appeared Thursday before Circuit Judge Paul Mangieri. The brothers pleaded guilty to an amended count of felony possession of a controlled substance more than 200 grams. That substance field-tested positive for MDMA, or ecstasy, but lab-tested as a controlled substance known as Methorphan.

The brothers were in a vehicle full of six people who were all charged with possession of baby bottles that contained the liquid version of a controlled substance. The brothers had charges related to cannabis and pot brownies and higher class felonies related to the controlled substances all dismissed in the plea deals reached Thursday.

His daughter hopes that will spur someone to offer some sense of what happened last April. On April 26, 2017, Bohanan, 60, possibly left his home with another person and has not been seen since. The last time Natalee Roseboom saw her father was the morning he disappeared. They had planned to get together a couple of days later on her birthday, she said. He required the use of cane to walk, and he didn’t drive.

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and other state and local health departments, is expanding its investigation of a multi-state cluster of E. coli infections to include not only chopped romaine lettuce, but full heads and hearts of romaine lettuce.

Information collected to date indicates that romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick. At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified. However, the investigation now not only encompasses chopped romaine lettuce, but all romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, region.

One case linked to the outbreak has been identified in Illinois. To date, 53 other cases have been reported in 16 states with 31 hospitalizations and no deaths. The central Illinois resident reported consuming chopped romaine lettuce before illness onset. Consumers in Illinois who have store-bought romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.

Before 1:30 p.m. April 14, the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office was called to a gas station in Chillicothe. There, a 21-year-old Chillicothe resident said she had been driving on West Rome Road when she passed a pickup truck, according to a police report. The driver, who was in his 60s, apparently became angered and began to tailgate the woman’s car, then followed as she pulled into the gas station.

A bit later, she walked outside but spotted his truck parked behind her car. She went back inside and returned to her car a while later. The man was gone, and three of her tires had been slashed. She gave descriptions to police of the man and the truck. Deputies checked the area but found no match.