SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Senate passed medical marijuana by a 35-21 vote, Friday.
House Bill 1, The Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, creates a four-year pilot program allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana as a legal alternative to pharmaceuticals for qualified patients with chronic diseases.
State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) is the proposal’s sponsor in the Senate.
“I am glad my colleagues understand that this program alleviates suffering and provides strong safeguards against abuse,” Haine said. “Patients afflicted by the most unbearable conditions will soon have a compassionate answer to their cries for help.”
House Bill 1 restricts the use of marijuana in the presence of minors, in vehicles and in public, especially near school grounds. The program requires a doctor’s written certification, registered patient photo identification cards and an electronic verification system.
This proposal passed the House April 17, sponsored by Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie).
House Bill 1 now goes to the governor for approval.