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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 for doctors in the state to prescribe marijuana as pain relief for severe medical conditions, sending the bill to Gov. Pat Quinn for final signing.

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) saying, urging 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.

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terry malone May 18, 2013 at 02:10 AM
I think he should sign the bill, marijuana dosent cause over dose nor has there ever been someone who has die from using marijuana. It helps relieve pain, just like dilaudid, but you can die from that and its legal with a RX!
Larry Lee Mason May 18, 2013 at 04:24 AM
pass that damn bill man' hell people need that shit. what the hell is wrong with you.
Crusamix May 18, 2013 at 02:14 PM
No he shouldn't its still a capital one drug and illegal in the constitution id want my kid getin high if they have cancer bc I use to do it and it was the start of a seven year addiction starting with pot its the gateway drug
Johnny w May 19, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Pass it!!Less people getting drunk to try and take pain away.From financial standpoint for the State of il and helping people that really need the plant for relief,beats popping pills to take pain away.These pills are KILLING people.Wake up everybody this is the WAY
Voice of Reason May 19, 2013 at 02:33 PM
I would like to thank "Representative Reefer", Lou Lang, for sponsoring this bill. You know that, once allowed, you can get 2 1/2 ounces of Pot for consumption every 2 weeks? Willie Nelson can't even go through that much in that amount of time, although it's possible that Hawaii's "Choom Gang" did back in the day... If the intention (though it won't be said by the Bill's Sponsors) is for Eventual Legalization in order to garner the Taxes/Tariffs that can be Realized, then say so. Although I would not be optimistic that the Monies generated to help our Fiscally Wayward State would offset the "higher" Unemployment that would result from an increased amount of Illinois Citizens sitting around getting stoned...
Jessica Hart May 31, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Have you people against it even read the bill? It's the strictest one in the entire country. People will only be allowed to get medical marijuana if they're already too sick to function in society. Cancer, Alzheimer's, AIDS, MS, etc. These are SERIOUS conditions with no cure and no hope for relief, unless patients spend all their money on prescriptions that end up turning them into zombies. They're not letting people get away with general complaints of "pain" or "headaches" like the other states do. My friend has MS, and without medical marijuana, she is confined to a wheelchair. With cannabis, she can walk with a cane and even dance! If your kids are going to get high, they'll keep going to their dealers, because there's practically no chance of them getting the medical stuff.

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