Medical Marijuana in Illinois Hits Roadblock
Springfield, Ill. – Lawmakers who want to legalize marijuana use for the most severely ill of Illinoisans hit a roadblock Tuesday.
A measure to legalize some pot use was sent to a House subcommittee.
That's traditionally a place for legislation to die.
But a similar measure is still alive in the state Senate.
The measure would allow patients to possess up to six marijuana plants and one ounce of the illicit drug to treat their illnesses.
Supporters argue that's the only way to curb nausea and other woes.
But opponents say there are other drugs that will provide the same benefit and legalizing marijuana smoking will lead to more crime and abuse especially among children.
The bill's sponsor, Chicago Democrat Larry McKeon, acknowledged he has his work cut out for him to get the bill approved this spring.
But he adds lawmakers should view this as a health issue, not a crime issue.
Specifically, the plan would allow doctors to recommend patients for an identification card that would let them possess the pot.