May 182013
 May 18, 2013

Illinois medical marijuana hb 1After “only” 10 years of lobbying in Springfield, MPP has finally succeeded at persuading the Illinois Legislature to legalize medical marijuana. The Senate approved the measure 35-21 Friday, and it received approval from the House of Representatives by a vote of 61-57 on April 17.

If Gov. Pat Quinn (D) signs the bill, Illinois will become the 19th or 20th state to legalize medical marijuana. (New Hampshire is also on the verge of passing MPP’s medical marijuana legislation, so it’s a race to see which state will be first!)

If the Illinois bill becomes law, as many as 60 retail establishments will be licensed to sell medical marijuana to patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and other serious illnesses.

Gov. Quinn has made some positive comments about our bill, but we still don’t know whether he’ll sign it. Over the next few months, we must focus on ensuring that the governor sides with the forces of compassion and fiscal prudence, rather than the forces of fear and fiscal waste.

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  • Jean Anne Lewis

    This is great news for Illinois. Now, if the rest of the states would just follow suit, that would be even better. Thank you, Johnny, for always having the best up-to-date marijuana news.

  • Ricardo

    Hopefully Florida will get the necessary signatures and vote on MM legislation in 2014.

  • Eren White

    So when is it actually supposed to make it to his desk? This year hopefully? Does he also have forever to sign it if he chooses?