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BREAKING: Illinois Legislature Gives Final Approval to Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

Illinois is set to become the latest state to adopt medical marijuana. The Illinois State Senate gave final approval to a medical marijuana bill sending it to the governor. The senate approved HB 1 in a vote of 35 to 21. The bill was narrowly approved by the House of Representatives back in April.

The bill would create a medical marijuana pilot program in the state for the next four years. People with a specific list of serious medical conditions will be able register with the Department of Public Health as medical marijuana patients with their doctor’s recommendation. These patients would be allowed to possesses up to 2.5 ounces.

The qualified patients would be able to obtain medical marijuana from a system of dispensaries that would be established. The bill would limit the maximum number of dispensaries to 60. Patients would not be allowed to grow their own.

The bill now head to Gov. Pat Quinn (D) for his signature. While Quinn has not officially taken a position on the bill yet his statements seem to indicate he will likely sign it.

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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