Patients with serious illnesses such as cancer will be able to legally use medical marijuana in Illinois when a new law takes effect next year. But that’s not the only change the state is likely to see.
A seriously ill woman who’d lobbied to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois won’t be eligible to get it herself because of a drug charge.
Gov. Pat Quinn is poised to sign legislation that would make Illinois the 20th state nationwide to legalize marijuana for medical use (HB1).
The Senate Executive Committee voted 10-5 Wednesday to send the measure to the full Senate.
Lawmakers voted 61-57 Wednesday to allow physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with specific terminal illnesses.
Nearly 250 physicians are calling on Illinois lawmakers to legalize the use of marijuana for patients with serious illnesses.
The measure would allow patients over the age of 18 who have been diagnosed with specific terminal illnesses or debilitating medical conditions to obtain marijuana.
State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) thought he had enough votes to pass the three-year pilot program legalizing medical marijuana this week.
Lang believes marijuana should be available in limited amounts for people with specific illnesses who get pain relief from the drug.
Bill sponsor Rep. Lou Lang wants the House to vote on the bill Wednesday.