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Illinois House Approves Medical Marijuana

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On Wednesday the Illinois House of Representatives gave final approval to a medical marijuana bill. HB 1, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, was passed in a vote of 61 yea to 59 nay.

If the bill becomes law it will created a four year medical marijuana pilot program in the state. The whole new system would be highly regulated. Individuals diagnosed with certain debilitating medical conditions will be able to register with the Department of Public Health and allowed to legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana.

The bill now goes to the Senate where its chances are good. The Senate previously approved a medical marijuana bill in 2009 but it died in the House that year.

So far, Gov. Pat Quinn (D) hasn’t definitely said what he would do if the bill reached his desk but he recently told reporters he is “open minded” about the issue.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at