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Illinois House passes medical marijuana bill

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.


20 Comments to “Illinois House passes medical marijuana bill”

    John said:
    April 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    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 said:
      April 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      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 said:
        April 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM

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

      Gia said:
      April 19, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      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.

    steve said:
    April 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    agree but dont be afraid to use your name

    Terri said:
    April 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    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.

    Todd Pardee said:
    April 17, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    No stems, no seeds that you don’t need! Acapulco Gold is some bad a$$ weed!

    Cheech n Chong

      United Front said:
      April 17, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      "Let's roll!"

    person61265 said:
    April 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    will medicare pay for it?

    jerry said:
    April 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Weed !!!!!

    greg said:
    April 17, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    i'm truely glad this has happen in illnois this is a hard a$$ state that seems more like gop them dem

    kirby1414 said:
    April 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    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 said:
      April 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      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.

    Monoxide said:
    April 17, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Baby steps till full legalization. The haters are losing ground..

    Wendel Stotsky said:
    April 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    When does the senate vote? We need them to pass it!

    LOW said:
    April 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    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$$.

    Moses said:
    April 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    We're slowly moving into the new era. Who cares if a gay couple is smoking reefer? No one should, that's who.

    Danny said:
    April 19, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    The time is ripe,to put weed in my pipe

    givens said:
    April 19, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    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.

    Chris said:
    April 20, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    a friend with weed is a friend indeed

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