SPRINGFIELD — Medical marijuana use in Illinois is now in Gov. Pat Quinn's hands after the state Senate approved legislation.

Lawmakers voted 35-21 Friday to send the measure to Quinn for final approval. Quinn hasn't signaled whether he will sign it into law.

The proposal allows physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with specific terminal illnesses or debilitating medical conditions. Cancer, multiple sclerosis and HIV are among the 33 illnesses listed in the bill.

The measure gives a framework for a four-year pilot program that includes requiring patients and caregivers to undergo background checks.

Supporters say marijuana can relieve continual pain without triggering the detrimental side effects of other prescription drugs. Opponents say the program could encourage the recreational use of marijuana especially among teenagers.

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StraightTalk

The continued Californification of our State, "far out man" I mean really far out..

southerngirl

It's about time.

OLD JOE
OLD JOE

southerngirl do you have a medical problem? I believe I could manufacture up one lol.

boone76
boone76

How about it Joe.....If the state wants to make pot legal that please cut through this silly charade...."Medical Marijuana" is nothing more than the first step to making it fully legal. Either make it legal or vote it down......this is just dumb gamesmanship.

OLD JOE
OLD JOE

Boone it's getting to the point that I don't care anymore. I have never seen anything as silly as Illinois politics.

boone76
boone76

I have deep roots in Illinois so therefore I really do care. Carolina politics is quite odd. They have their silly twists when is comes to "blue" laws but there is no question that Raleigh is MUCH tighter with a buck than Illinois.

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