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Medical Marijuana Bill Alive In Illinois

Posted by wlpo on March 25, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The sponsor of a bill that would allow marijuana use for medical purposes in Illinois says the measure is just “one or two” votes short of passage in the House.

Rep. Lou Lang says he’s close to getting the support he needs for the four-year pilot program. The Skokie Democrat’s measure would allow patients with specific medical conditions to obtain marijuana.

Patients would be limited to 2.5 ounces every two weeks. Supporters say marijuana can relieve pain without the side effects of some prescription drugs.

Anita Bedell is with the Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems. She says 2.5 ounces is “a huge amount” that would give patients an opportunity to sell what they don’t use.

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