After years of near-misses, medical marijuana finally may be coming to Illinois.
It is about time. Past time.
Advocates have tried to legalize medical marijuana here for years. They’ve finally constructed a bill that is sufficiently strict enough — the strictest in the nation, apparently. This leaves opponents without the wiggle room they’ve long relied on to avoid supporting a bill that would bring relief to seriously ill people.
The Chicago Tribune has an editorial about Medical Cannabis.
In 1976, the idea that marijuana could be a medicine was generally taken as laughable. Then a glaucoma patient named Robert Randall won a court ruling that he needed the drug to keep from going blind. His case started a movement that could finally make headway here.
The Journal-Standard has an editorial about Medical Cannabis.
If you have a loved one who is seriously ill you want that person to have access to any medication that can alleviate pain.
In 18 states and the District of Columbia that includes marijuana. Illinois could join those states if House Bill 1, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, finally is approved.
We think it’s long past time for Illinois to legalize medical marijuana.
Illinois lawmakers have discussed and voted on medical cannabis legislation for years, but a bill never has passed both chambers of the General Assembly. After every failure, lawmakers have increased the number of restrictions in the bill.
And our local Rockford Register Star? So far missing in action. Although I did get interviewed by Georgette Braun at the recent NORML gathering at Whiskey's Roadhouse on 20 April. We shall see.
H/T The Weed Blog.