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Illinois Committee: 'No One Should Fear' Medical Marijuana

The Illinois House of Human Services Committee approved a measure to legalize the use of medical marijuana on Wednesday. The bill's sponsor, Lou Lang (D-Skokie), tells Patch the measure would be the strictest in the nation.

The Illinois House of Human Services Committee approved a measure to legalize the use of medical marijuana on Wednesday, the Huffington Post reports. The final vote came in at 11-4.

The measure now moves to the Illinois House for deliberation.

House member Lou Lang (D-Skokie) has been pushing the legalization of medical marijuana for years.

Whenever asked about the possibility of Illinois becoming the nineteenth state to legalize the green leafy substance, Lang is always optimistic.

"Nobody should fear the bill," Lang told Skokie Patch. "This is about quality of life for people."

While the House of Human Services approved the measure, nothing is set in stone.

As the State Journal-Register notes, similar legislation failed in the General Assembly over the years — including the most recent lame-duck session in January,” the Huffington Post reported.

However, other states have recently passed similar bills and Lang is hoping Illinois can become the next state to ride the green wave and help those who can seriously benefit from the drug. Recently, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia now allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Meanwhile, Colorado and Washington have taken it to another level, allowing citizens to smoke pot recreationally.

But for Lang the legalization of medical marijuana isn't about recreation use —it's about helping people who can benefit tremendously from the drug, he said.

"Illinois would be the nineteenth state to pass the bill (the District of Columbia also recently passed the bill)," Lang said. "And of all of those, Illinois will be the most tightly regulated."    

The bill, known as HB 1, can be read here.

Martha Hanna March 08, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Thank you Rep. Lou Lang!!
James Hammans March 08, 2013 at 06:26 PM
This is NOT going to be a California type law. This bill is tight and specifically designed to provide legal protection to patients, and a safe place for them to receive medication. Now is the time to contact your reps if you support this bill. Information can be found at MPP.org
R G March 09, 2013 at 12:09 PM
What a joke!
David Disher March 10, 2013 at 08:18 AM
Texas is tougher. MJ is illegal here in Texas, period!!!!!
lana March 18, 2013 at 05:11 AM
Having progressive relapsing Ms for 13 yrs and relapsing on all Ms drugs and having issues with pain meds, I have used marijuana and not very often can I get, but it really helps please legalize.

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