Chris Favela, who has multiple sclerosis, is the first recipient of medical marijuana at a dispensary in Addison, Illinois on November 9. Image: Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune

Only a fraction of the 60 planned medical marijuana dispensaries opened in the state this week.

Illinois state regulators have authorized only about 3,300 patients — a far cry from the 100,000-plus originally projected.

But industry officials remained optimistic that more patients will sign up now that the four-year pilot program has become a reality.

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Robert McCoppin and Dan Moran ~ Chicago Tribune ~

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