Medical Marijuana

Supporters of medical marijuana are one step closer to legalization here in Illinois.

The House voted 61-57 in favor of the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.

The bill would set up a four-year pilot program and would be the most restrictive use of medical marijuana in the country. Under the House version of the bill an individual could not be prescribed more than 2.5 oz of cannabis during a two-week period. The doctor who prescribes the medical marijuana must have had a prior ongoing relationship with the patient, and be licensed to practice in Illinois.

Both Darlene Senger and Jeanne Ives who represent Naperville voted against the legislation’s passing.

Supporters believe cannabis is a safer alternative to harsh medication in treatments of various chronic illnesses like cancer, HIV, and Multiple Sclerosis.

The bill will now go to the Senate.

Governor Quinn says he is open minded on the idea of medical marijuana.

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