Medical marijuana industry advocates and observers say a dearth of doctors willing to recommend patients is among the hurdles Illinois’ fledgling industry needs to overcome.

The patients seeking medical marijuana inquire almost daily with Dr. Rahul Khare at his storefront health care clinic in Lincoln Park.

They come with cancer, spinal cord diseases, rheumatoid arthritis.

Some have been turned down for a cannabis referral by the doctors they see regularly, not because they might not qualify, Khare contends, but because many physicians are hesitant to refer anyone for marijuana.

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