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»Medical Marijuana Legislation Narrowly Passes Illinois Senate

 
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»Medical Marijuana Legislation Narrowly Passes Illinois Senate
[link to www.huffingtonpost.com]

A bill to legalize medical marijuana narrowly passed the Illinois Senate Wednesday by a vote of 30 to 28, with 1 'present' vote.

The vote on SB 1381, The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, was postponed repeatedly as its sponsor, Sen. William R. Haine (D-Alton), waited until all his 'yes' votes were present to call the vote.


That opportunity came late Wednesday afternoon, and passage of the controversial legislation was met with clapping in the Senate gallery.

"I'm very satisfied," Haine told the Huffington Post after the Senate adjourned. "It's a good bill, and it's on its way to the House. Realistically, I don't think they'll get to it this week, but it will be ready for them in the fall."

As the vote neared this week, Haine said he approached every senator and asked simply that each vote his or her conscience.

"I didn't do any arm-twisting," Haine said. "Nothing. I didn't put pressure on anyone."

The bill, which allows patients with diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis and HIV/AIDS to use marijuana on their doctors' advice without the threat of arrest and incarceration, grew steadily more restrictive over the course of the legislative session in order to allay concerns of law enforcement officials.

The process for getting and filling a prescription for medical marijuana became more carefully controlled, the amount of cannabis plants that patients can have in their home declined and the State Police were given a more prominent role on an a state panel charged with monitoring the entire medical marijuana system.

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Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) called the bill a monstrosity and urged his colleagues not to start down the road to legalization.

Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) teared up as he spoke about his father's painful death, for which he said pharmaceuticals offered little relief.

Sen. J. Bradley Burzynski (R-Sycamore) asked that the narrow vote be confirmed by a roll call, which it was.
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It got a little stricter by the time it had passed all the way through.
But it's through and that's what matters.
Well done Illinois!
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rastabanan

The more states, the better!

Any legislation is good for progress, IMHO.

This calls for a celebratory toke.
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