Illinois is poised to become the 19th state to legalize marijuana for medical use.
Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign legislation as early as Thursday that will launch a four-year pilot program allowing people with certain illnesses to use cannabis grown and distributed in a tightly regulated system.
State Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, said he believes the new law will be the most restrictive in the nation and will quiet critics who oppose the move when they see that it is helping people.
“We carefully crafted the bill to ensure the program is regulated from the patients to the growers to the distributors,” Haine said Wednesday.
The House sponsor of the legislation, state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, would not comment Wednesday, saying he wanted to wait until the governor takes action.
Jim Champion, a U.S. Army veteran who lobbied for the law, said he’s been asked to attend a signing ceremony for the legislation.
“We’ve been working on this since 2005,” said Champion, a Somonauk resident who has multiple sclerosis. “I feel like they’ve been listening to me.”
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