Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Key Hurdle

Mar 06, 2013 , , , , ,

Rep. Lou Lang

This morning, the House Human Services Committee voted 11-4 in favor of legislation that would make Illinois the 19thmedical marijuana state. HB 1, sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), now moves to the full House of Representatives.

Last year’s bill, H.B. 30, came up just short of passing in the House. This year, prospects are brighter, thanks to a record supermajority of Democrats, who tend to support medical marijuana more than their Republican colleagues, and changes to the bill to satisfy law enforcement concerns.

Despite fears that the new bill might grant one company a monopoly on cultivation, thanks to input from MPP and our allies, the new bill will allow up to 22 growers and 60 dispensaries. Other changes make the new bill even more restrictive than H.B. 30, but it’s expected that improvements will be made after a four-year pilot program, as has happened in other states.

Let’s make this the year this bill finally passes. If you live in Illinois, please ask your legislators to support HB 1, and help spread the word by forwarding this email to friends and family in Illinois.

15 responses to “Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Key Hurdle”

  1. I live in Davenport, Illinois is no more than 3 miles from my house.. I am very very excited about these bills, I try to support these movements by spreading the word that its a natural plant that has great benefits to humans in general ! My grandfather is sick with cancer and Its proven cannabis can greatly reduce just some issues like sleep loss, pain, no appetite. I am greatly thankful for Dan Riffle and his hard work hope to see the truth spread into Iowa about this miracle plant!

  2. Im noticing a very disturbing trend with all these new medical marijuana laws. NO HOMEGROWS! Ever since New Jersey fucked up their medical marijuana law with no homegrows, all the new state proposals for medical marijuana also have no homegrows, ridiculous quantity limits, potency limits, and no one that needs it could qualify. Delaware, Connecticut, DC, and this new Illinois proposal also has NO HOMEGROWS!

    All 13 medical marijuana states before New Jersey had homegrows! Things are going BACKWARDS!

  3. I noticed this Fox piece used a lot of stock footage of people smoking recreationally. I thought this was a story about medical marijuana. Not sure the efficacy of this imagery in a state that won’t support full legalization. First things first.

  4. i’ve called and talked to Dan…a super guy !!!!!…i also know that Illinois is working on a Hemp Bill…and i’m hoping it’ll pass too !!!!!…i’m not real fond of the no homegrown part of the Bill…but the Bill is a start so maybe the home grow will come soon !!!!!

  5. You all should be thankful to even have your legislature considering MM bills. Living in Alabama, we all know that we are on pace to be the last state to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana, hell on a state level I believe it is still a felony! So we see a beacon of light coming from the northeast spreading south, hopefully it will continue its way down. In the meanwhile the far west MM movement will continue to push eastwards into the mid-western states. Either way, the southeast will have to continue to rely on I-10 drug runners to bring us patients our medicine, and who knows what/where it has been and who has been harmed/effected by time it has reached us. Be thankful for what you have people and continue on MPP!


    i live n wheeling IL and im actually suprized that IL is doing this. but like others said, we should push for the abbility to grow ur own or have a bunch of different growers. but at least this is a start. if the monopoly does happen, we canjust boycott it and get our stuff how we did befor. it will take some will power but ultimitly well push the monopoly out. i just got in a car accident and marijuana would help with the pain.

  7. I have to agree with all the other Illinois citizens that don’t like this ‘No Home Grow’ WTF? Why does Illinois always have to be the most screwed-up state regardless of the topic? But, with MMJ, we had a great piece of legislation a couple of years ago, but we didn’t have the ‘super-majority’ back then. Now that the Democrats have control– what does Rep. Lou Lang do?–He gives up some of the most important parts of what should be in every MMJ legislation– the right to grow your own medicine. Their is alot of therputic value for sick & suffering patients– if they were simpliy allowed to do a bit of medicinal gardening. Anyway, let’s get what we can for the moment, and then, let’s get busy, working to eliminating the silly language contained in HB0001– But, I don’t think only sick citizens should have access to one of mother natures greatest gifts to mankind, after all God put cannabis on earth for all of us to benefit from.

  8. There is a lot of progress being made wnd we should be pleased wih the results. The fight goes on, we must take NOTHING for granted. Keep the faith, People!

  9. For people like me whom are ill this bill passing would be a heavan send. I do not believe in narcotics for pain being a better alternative nor can I take them due to other health ossues. I s bill cannot even take anti inflammatory meds so for many people such as myself this bill passing would change my life. It is long past due and needed. To help pass this bill and our bill for hemp growth and decriminalization please go to NORML Illinois for links to where tk write our elected officials. EDUCATE DON’T INCARCERATE LIBERATE AND LEGALIZE.

  10. Cannabis is legal !!!

    Cannabis is legal in the Free States of Colorado and Washington…as well as being legal for adult consumption in the freedom loving country of Uruguay.

    Why isn’t it legal in your State?

    I am curious as to the legal status of incarcerated marijuana “criminals” warehoused in Colorado/Washington State Prisons given the recent legalization of cannabis?

    Should not these victims of the War on Drugs be immediately released?

    Did the Government make those persons convicted and imprisoned for violating the Volstead Act during prohibition serve out their sentences???

    How can it be , in any context, legal or just to continue to imprison marijuana offenders when the offense no longer exists?

    Eric K. Johnson

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