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Illinois Lawmakers Pen Strong Support For Medical Marijuana Bill

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Illinois medical marijuana hb 1 lou lang bill haineAs Illinois lawmakers consider granting qualified patients legal access to medical marijuana, Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) and Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) took time to support House Bill 1 in the State Journal Register.

The two Illinoisans comprehensibly expounded on the bill’s contents, describing a heavily monitored system that could not only serve as a national model, but also raise revenue, help offset regulatory and law enforcement costs, and finance effective anti-drug campaigns.

More importantly, they reminded readers that behind House Bill 1 were real people:

Medical marijuana isn’t as much an issue of law and order as it is of basic human rights. But patients using medical marijuana should not be treated any differently from those who use prescription drugs obtained from a pharmacy. Together, these polices recognize public will, the safety concerns of our communities, and above all else, the needs of those suffering Illinois residents for whom marijuana is the best medicine in providing relief to help them manage untreatable pain in their daily lives.

We’ve come a long way, but we need your help to get over the finish line. If you live in Illinois, please ask your legislators to support medical marijuana, then send this message to your friends and ask them to do the same. Thanks!

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  1. I’d rather have it decriminalized; the government takes enough money in taxes and wastes it, I’d rather not give them anymore.

  2. I’d rather have it legal. Decriminalization is so yesterday. Decriminalization just makes prohibition more comfortable. People would still be sanctioned for illegal possession through fines and harassment and all decriminalization will do is give the black market the monopoly. And even under decriminalization, you will still have to pay taxes to have law enforcement enforce prohibition.

  3. I sure understand your anger on that however, our country is in major debt. We could pay off our debt in a short amount of time and have a surplus. We as a combined nation, made this debt, we as a combined nation need to pay off this debt. Our children and grandchildren shouldn’t have to be stuck with it. Let’s not give our country up to China…we would be giving up everything. Tax, regulate, educate and medicate.

  4. badweatherrr on

    I have reservations regarding this law. But I suggest supporting it nevertheless.

    It is, as currently written, unconstitutional in that it singles out both law enforcement personnel and drug felons including people that may have been growing medical marijuana (as is true in my case) and says those people may not receive medical marijuana.

    Not going to pass the constitutional test there.

    They’re treating it like it’s this super dangerous drug when in fact, it’s considerably safer than apsirin, tylenol, or even coffee. More people die on coffee every year than have died from marijuana in 10,000 years.

    It is nice to see things moving, but there is much fighting to do ahead for those like me whose illnesses are not on the list and who are precluded from using marijuana because of previous felonies.

    I’ve posted the summary of HB01 here:

    https://www.smallmarijuanagrowers.org/2013/03/24/crafty-illinois-politicians-writing-insanely-restrictive-legislation/

  5. badweatherrr on

    Just grumbling and picking what I think are the right fights with individuals within the movement in order to consolidate a position for the small growers we do want to protect from the state. The ones you and I and everyone else who knows would rather get their medicine from than the Coors or Phillips Morris waiting in the wings to capitalize on what I think of as “the peoples medicine”… if they only knew.

    I keep saying, regulate hemp like tomatoes

    http://hempsaves.net/2013/04/06/regulate-hemp-like-tomatoes/

    Thanks for the heads up, as long as I’m in Illinois, I’ll be calling here and there and trying to help frame the issue by writing articles that help us think about the different impacts of these regulations upon those that have been in the game longest, the patients and the domestic growers dedicated to the plant.

  6. disqus_1kPffcYHcC on

    the only beef i have with this bill is the diseases that are required to obtain the medical marijuana. i dont doubt that medical marijuana has helped people with MS, Wasting syndrome, cancer, or any debilitating disease. however, of the conditions listed, it does not cite depression or anxiety as legitimate reasons to use medical marijuana. as a person who had horrible depression and anxiety, i can say without a doubt that marijuana is more of a means of getting “normal” for me. i feel like this plant is illegal because it would take a large chunk of profit from pharmaceutical manufacturers.

  7. Gary Russell Deem on

    i, Gary Deem of California, approve of Full Medical Marijuana Legalization, April 9, 2013.

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