Medical marijuana bill heads to the Governor's desk

By WEEK Producer

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 8:13 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill legalizing medical marijuana passed in the Illinois Senate Friday afternoon.

House Bill 1 allows people with serious illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS to use marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

Those who qualify could possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis during a 14 day period. The substance would only be available in state controlled dispensaries.

The bill was passed in the House in April. It now heads to the Governor's desk.

Governor Quinn has said he is "open-minded" to signing the bill into law, and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon recently expressed support for the proposal.

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