Illinois House Panel Says OK to Medical Marijuana
A panel of state lawmakers Wednesday approved legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois.
Supporters of the plan say it would be the most tightly regulated marijuana law in the country, restricting who can use the drug to people suffering from specific diseases and limiting the total number of marijuana dispensaries statewide to 60.
"This is clearly model legislation for the country if we pass it," said state Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat sponsoring the plan.
An Illinois House committee approved it by an 11-4 vote this morning, sending the legislation to the full House.
"Why would we not help these people under very controlled circumstances?" Lang said.
The perennial issue in Springfield has yet to take hold, which is why Lang has had to tighten the proposed rules year after year.
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