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Medical Marijuana Bill Passed by Illinois Senate; Quinn Last Hurdle

Passed by a 35-21 vote, the bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet said whether he intends to sign it.

By a vote of 35-21, the Illinois Senate approved legislation on Friday that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe marijuana as pain relief for severe medical conditions. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the bill covers 33 specific conditions—including multiple sclerosis, cancer and HIV infection—and includes several controls, with a four-year trial program, dosage limits, fingerprinting, background checks and licensed dispensing centers.

“This bill is filled with walls to keep this limited,” the paper quoted sponsoring Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), who urged lawmakers to pass the legislation as a compassionate measure for those suffering with extreme pain.

In opposition, Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) said there should be more concern for parents "who will never be relieved from the pain of losing a child due to addiction which in many cases started with [this] very illegal, FDA-unapproved addiction-forming drug," the paper reports.

The bill passed the House in March. Gov. Quinn has not yet indicated whether or not he intends to sign the bill.

What's your take? Should Gov. Quinn sign the bill? Tell us in the comments.

maribelle May 22, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Real problems for the Mexican Economy. 95million a year lost just due to legalization of CA CO and MI. What's next no more vaca's in Mexico? Just make it legal and leave CORPORATE (goverment) AMERICA OUT OF IT COMPLETLY, or we will have price gouging, collusion, and ever other rat bastard underhand trick our gov uses!
CountyLeaks May 26, 2013 at 02:28 AM
You'll require medical marijuana after reading this blog: http://countyleaks.blogspot.com/
arnie June 09, 2013 at 01:38 PM
I'm a cancer survivor with 5 side affects. My doctor told me he can control 3 of the side affects with a prescription for the munchies, but it isn't legal in this state. They gave me a prescription to increase my appetite, a side affect was a reduced immune system, so another script to increase my immune system, a side affect of hot flashes, so another script--- forget it, just give me a joint like the doctor recommended.
wyatt earp June 20, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Use of or possession of marijuana is still a federal offense regardless of what the state says.

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