Illinois House to Again Debate Medical Marijuana

The Illinois House sponsor of prior efforts to legalize medicinal use of marijuana has already renewed efforts in the new General Assembly.

A medical marijuana bill was the first House legislation introduced Wednesday in the new legislative session. It is sponsored by state Rep. Louis Lang, D-Skokie.

“We have a new General Assembly, new people, new thoughts, new views of these issues,” Lang said Thursday. “We have national polls showing that the vast majority of Americans think people ought to have a product that their doctor thinks they ought to have.”

Lang said medical marijuana “is less controversial now that 19 other states have approved it and two other states have said that marijuana is legal for all purposes.”

“The idea that we would approve marijuana to help very sick people feel better should not be as controversial as it is,” he said.

Under the proposed law, certain patients could obtain medical-grade marijuana from state-regulated dealers for use in their homes.

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