Illinois Senate to consider approving marijuana for medical use

By WEEK Producer

May 7, 2013 Updated May 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois Senate Committee is holding a hearing Wednesday on Medical Marijuana.

A Religious leader, a former narcotics officer and a physician are scheduled to testify in support of the measure that would allow people with serious illnesses, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS to access and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

If approved, the measure will be considered by the full Senate.

The measure received approval from the full House of Representatives last month.

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