Illinois House passes medical marijuana bill

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The Illinois House approved a measure Wednesday to let people use marijuana for medical purposes.

It was a close vote: 61 to 57.

Proponents say it would start with a four-year pilot program and would be the most restrictive of these types of laws in the nation.

The bill now moves to the Illinois Senate, which has passed similar legislation in the past.

Governor Quinn says he’s open-minded about the issue.

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  • John

    For Illinois legislators, marijuana is much a bigger priority than pension reform and gun control. Next election, none of these incumbents should set their foot on Springfield again!

    • Jerry

      your probly a recovering drug addict who does nt know anything about the benefits of marijuana crawl back into your whiskey bottle ,but your right there never gonna do a damb thing about pensions why would they take a pay cut there addicted to spending other peoples money

      • John

        Well you do sound like you're talking from experience. Try not overwhelm yourself with its "benefits" as you say!

    • Gia

      I have Crohn's disease and MS induced by Humira and severe Osteoarthritis due to doctor prescribed steroids.I've been destroyed by pharmaceuticals and doctors. I also never did drugs or drank. I've been suffering for almost 30 yrs. My entire life! You are so ignorant and close minded. How can you support denying people who suffer any kind of relief? Karma is a bitch! Watch your judgmental sharp tongue. God forbid, you may find yourself in need one day.

  • Terri

    This could be a great moneymake for Illinois and if you have never had a chronic illness, you could not understand the benefit of it.

  • kirby1414

    There has to be something in it for the politicians – – like $$$$$$$ or maybe Madigan or Quinn are growing it in their basements….Got to something in it for them – – THey could care less about the Illinois people~

    • Justin

      Pharmaceutical companies have been paying off Politicians for years to stop this. Police have been fighting this because it's one less thing to bust people for. There is no "Weed Lobby" paying people off it's the exact opposite. Pharmaceutical companies fear it because they will lose money, Weed relieves pain without the side effects manmade Painkillers provide.

  • LOW

    So why not allow weed to prescribed people; maybe Chicago Mayor MR. E. would make a fortune on street sell and put that money back into the Public School system. Thats Politics fo yo a$$.

  • givens

    I've had two of the debilitating illnesses specified in the bill for 19 years, and have tried a very long list of prescription pharmaceuticals, including vicodan, but they've done nothing but land me in the ER twice (for taking FDA-approved medicine as directed) and soaked my insurance companies for tens of thousands of dollars. I had no idea there were so many others who found no relief until they tried cannabis. Maybe there is hope.