The Illinois Senate on Friday voted to approve the use of medical marijuana for certain conditions. It’s expected to be signed by the governor who has expressed an interest in helping injured veterans. This makes Illinois the second most populous state after California to allow medical marijuana for patient use.
The senate passed the bill 35-21 with 30 votes required, after an hour long debate. “We fully expect Gov. Quinn to do the compassionate thing and sign the bill,” said Dan Riffle, deputy director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project.
The law will create a four-year trial program which allows doctors to recommend patients no more than 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana every 2 weeks. To qualify patients must have one of the 33 chronic or serious conditions – including cancer, multiple sclerosis or HIV. In addition to testing for those symptoms, patients will be subjected to finger-printing and background checks. Patients are not allowed to cultivate their own medical marijuana and must purchase it from one of 60 licensed Illinois medical marijuana dispensaries, which will obtain marijuana from 22 approved cultivation centers.
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