Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon told the Associated Press Sunday that she is in support of a measure that would allow people to use marijuana for medical purposes in the state.
said she was swayed to support the bill after hearing testimony from
people with illnesses and added that the bill has tight
"It does a good job of both getting medical
marijuana to people who need and keeping it away from those who don't,"
Simon told the AP.
The measure, HB 1, sets up a four-year trial
period where people with cancer and multiple sclerosis, among other
medical conditions and terminal illnesses, would be able to receive a
medical marijuana prescription. Patients would have to undergo a
background check and other protocols before being able to receive up
to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. State Sen. William Haine (D-Alton) is the bill's sponsor in the Senate.
The Illinois House passed the bill in April. Last week, a Senate Executive Committee also approved the measure.
The bill now awaits a full Senate vote before being sent to Gov. Pat
Quinn's desk. If the bill passes, it is not clear as to whether Quinn would sign the measure, the AP
About 250 Illinois physicians have voiced their support for the legislation.
If signed into law, Illinois would become the 19th U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana.