A state bill that would allow for the use of medical marijuana is
close to getting the votes needed for approval in the House, the bill's sponsor
Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) told the Pekin Daily Times on Friday.
The bill, HB 1, just needs one or two vots to be approved, according to Lang.
proposal looks to start a four-year pilot program where approved
patients could obtain up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks.
After the pilot program ends, lawmakers would decide whether or not to
make the law permanent.
would need to submit to a background check to get the medical marijuana, and doctors along with the Illinois
Department of Public Health would have to approve the prescription
before it could be filled.
The bill would allow for 60 dispensaries and 22 marijuana cultivation centers in Illinois.
The House Human Services Committee voted to approve the “Medical Cannabis” legislation earlier this month.
In 2011, a similar measured failed in the Illinois House by a 53-61 vote.