IL Senate OKs medical marijuana, sends bill to Gov. Quinn

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A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois awaits Governor Pat Quinn’s signature.

Quinn has suggested he is open to it but he has not indicated which way he is leaning. The same cannot be said for many state lawmakers.

The senate vote was 35-21. Five more than needed for passage.

Now the restrictions: Patients can’t grow their own; use it in public or around minors. There would be fingerprinting, background checks. What this would set up is a four-year trial program for patients who have an established relationship with a doctor and who can demonstrate that they need this to ease symptoms and take them out of pain.

State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R) Lebanon said “We’re making a decision today to say in our communities that marijuana use is okay.”

Which is exactly what the Illinois senate did Friday– for medicinal use. The measure breezed through executive committee last week.

State Sen. William Delgado (D) Chicago said “At the end of the day, we’re talking about a plant.”

That said, plenty of statehouse debate about easing access to what the feds call a controlled substance.

State Sen. Mattie Hunter (D) Chicago said “So, I’m gonna vote no- cause I’m not gonna have this matter on my hands. It’s gonna be you all.”

Paul Bachmann, founder of Americans for Disabled Americans,  said “Today is an amazing day. A day that Illinois can be proud of and a day that we will finally move out of prohibition.”

Paul Bachmann, Multiple Sclerosis sufferer and marijuana advocate, who takes a handful of pills every day– powerful narcotics like Oxycontin and still has trouble walking 20 steps and performing basic tasks.

Pot, quite simply, helps– where other drugs do not.

“That cannabis allows me to get out of that chair. That cannabis allows me to drop the cane and just go- let’s play. Let’s do something,” Paul said.

The way this would work– patients with 42 chronic medical conditions, like cancer, MS and HIV, could get up to two and a half ounces of prescribed marijuana every two weeks.

Politicians, though many of them- concerned about endorsing what they call a gateway drug.

State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R) Lebanon said “For every touching story we have heard about the benefits to those in pain, I remind you, there are a thousand times more stories of parents who will never be relieved from the pain of losing a child.” McCarter lost his daughter to a drug overdose in 2006.

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  • Esco

    It's nice folks that qualify can soon get the help and relief they need without taking a bunch of pills with the dangerous side effects. I can't see a valid reason for the governor not to sign it unless he thinks the people need a babysitter to make their decisions..

  • Whatever

    Where can I buy my lid and how soon? If I smoke enough, I won't care what those clowns in Springfield do with concealed carry, I'll be to high to care. It will bring me back to the good old days of cruising around with my friends really toasted. Thanks Madigan, finally did something right. I've got my 1.5's ready to go…

    • I.C. Idiots

      That is the dumbest statement I have ever heard. Madigan had little to do with this. Jeez! Try reading up on something before making yourself sound like an idiot!

  • Monoxide

    I hope the Feds respect the will of the people and leave the dispensaries alone. Raiding the dispensaries while there is so many murders on the streets will certainly display their laziness by showing they go after easy targets rather than solving the violence problems that plague the city.

  • Noel Brown

    No one has ever died from pot, it's a shame that so many lawmakers are uneducated on something they are voting on. Pot kills brain cancer promotes new brain cell growth inhibits tumors and helps so many other ailments. A brain mapping study just released showed that ptsd sufferers had a CB1 imbalance that pot can balance. It can help many mental conditions too like bipolar disorder. Oh have to mention it reduces risk of lung cancer and opcd by one fold, Personally I would like to see electronic hitters like the electronic tobacco devices. I will be challenging the ailment list bipolar is a chronic and debilitating disorder and if pot helps we should not be discriminated against.

  • Rick Nixon

    Legalize. Harmless amazing plant. McCarther daughter didnt. die from weed she overdosed on pills that not grown from soil. Not a single person has died from weed in the entire history or its use !!!!!!

  • Dee Worth

    It is amazing it passed, with all of the misinformation and propaganda being spread around by the DEA, Federal Government, NIDA, and all the rest. I see there are still lawmakers who know squat about the stuff they vote on. At least there are enough of them that are willing to try another way besides prohibition and turning our children into hardened criminals by sticking them in prisons with the cons who have nothing better to do than to intimidate, manipulate and mess up the kids who shouldn't be there in the first place. CANNABIS does not kill people. ZERO deaths in over 5,000 years. Alcohol and tobacco are the original gateway drugs. They are always mixed together, especially when drinking. Gotta have a good cigarette when having a cold whatever it is… YUCK. Remember well, that it is not for everyone, because we all react differently to the things we allow into our bodies. Moderation is the key.

  • Stanley chounard jr

    No one has died from using marijuana,it is illegal because of hemp in 1937.hurts paper mills

    Dupont the use of oil to make plastic. Hemp makes the strongest plastics on this planet

    Henry ford made a car from hemp.

    Hemp has over ten thousand uses.

    The reason its illegal today is because pharmaceutical companies can’t patent it.


  • Green Sage

    The fact of the matter is the US government owns patent 6630507 for the neuroprotectant and antioxidant properties of cannabis! It’s a fact that the federal government holds cannabis as a schedule one substance (meaning no medicinal value to mankind, right next to heroine) YET they also hold a patent on the medicinal properties of this SO CALLED schedule one substance. They’ve called it marijuana (a slang name) for years just to keep us from finding the studies on the REAL name of cannabis. Don’t be a stupid SHEEPLE!!! Do your research on cannabis and find the truth! I challenge you to google “cannabis kills cancer cells 1974”. I DARE you to read the science and watch the video of cannabis killing cancer cells!!! The federal government is obviously lying to us!!! Now to find out if IL is for the people or the federal government!!! You want less pharmaceutical overdoses? Make cannabis legal. Prohibition is built on blatant lies.. stop playing games on facebook and do your research!!