Illinois Senate Committee approves medical marijuana bill

By WEEK Producer

Illinois Senate Committee approves medical marijuana bill

May 8, 2013 Updated May 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Senate Executive Committee voted 10-5 Wednesday to approve a bill that would allow Illinois residents with serious illnesses to use medical marijuana.

The Bill now moves to the full Senate. It received approval from the full House of Representatives in April.

House Bill 1 would allow people suffering from specific medical conditions, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS, to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Qualified patients would be able to obtain marijuana from one of up to 60 dispensaries, which would acquire marijuana from up to 22 cultivation centers.

Rev. Alexander Sharp, executive director emeritus of Protestants for the Common Good, former narcotics police officer Karen Stone, Mt. Vernon-based physician Dr. David Walters, and a Somonauk-based military veteran with advanced multiple sclerosis testified in support of the bill Wednesday. It has also been endorsed by the Illinois Nurses Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

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