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Medical Marijuana Bill Passes House Committee

The proposed legislation calls for a strict, four-year started program.

A medical marijuana bill passed the Illinois House Human Services Committee in an 11-4 vote last Wednesday, the Telegraph reports. It will now go to the entire House for consideration.

The legislation calls for a strict, four-year starter program. Only patients over the age of 18 years and diagnosed with a specific terminal or debilitating disease would be eligible to participate. Background checks would also be part of the screening process.

While some legislators have expressed concern that medical marijuana would encourage recreational use, a recent poll revealed the vast majority of Illinois voters support the idea.

Get the rest of the story from the Telegraph.

Andrew Keister March 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM
One step closer. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/legalize-marijuana-recreational-usage/PBSwY4b0 Let's make it fully legal.
Mike Parent March 10, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Here's what the DEA had to say! In 1988, DEA Administrative Judge Francis Young wrote in a report, COMMISSIONED by the DEA; "Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care." http://www.ccguide.org/young88... FACT For good measure, the CDC reported Med Marijuana doesn't increase teen use. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-50...... wont-boost-teen-pot-use-study-finds/” Anyone against it has an ulterior motive and has their own self serving agenda. IOW's they'll profit fom keeping it illegal.
Ralph Nader March 10, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Ralph Nader. Legalize Nature
Tobias Cichon March 10, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Baby steps are nice, but not enough.
BUTCH March 10, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Here's a shocker there are in the peoples house many empty headed congressmen of both sides of the coin who are full war on drug warriors and the best friends of DEFENSE CONTRACTORS they pour millions into the corrupt congressmen races one the best examples was in Texass where a pro legalization candidate was destroyed by the MIL IND COMPLEX people of the Cayman islands.
LocalRez March 11, 2013 at 05:35 PM
You hit the nail on the head Mike. Like anything, it's all about the money. If only our politicians would realize legalization would result in so many opportunities for cost reductions and increased revenue if done correctly. >reduce Jail populations, court room costs, allow police to focus on real criminals, develop new technologies for testing (like breathalyzers for alcohol) Increased revenue by taxing it, making producers buy licenses for growing and distributing, etc, etc, etc. Outlaw lobbyists or this will never happen. Alcohol manufacturers and big Pharma won't ever let it happen because it would reduce their sales and lord knows, that's more important than anything right???

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