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Illinois Action Alert

Important news on the medical marijuana front.

SB 1381 is to be called for a vote tomorrow, Tuesday the 30th. Patients & Supporters are at the Capitol lobbying lawmakers right now for the final push.

During this veto session we still only need 60 votes, and there has been a confirmation that Sen. Cullerton can get the bill back through the Senate. It seems like we’ve got the go ahead Green lights to make this happen.

For those who cannot make it to Springfield please call your State Representative and politely and kindly tell them to “Vote Yes on Senate Bill 1381.” By calling 217-782-2000 you will be connected to the Capitol switchboard and the operator will be able to connect you with your State Representative’s office in Springfield.

Even this late in the game, it still matters that they hear your voice. Just like voting for your favorite on Dancing with the Stars and American Idol, you have to vote to. Also notify all your friends voting in Illinois.

The Illinois General Assembly website offers live streaming of floor debates and votes for legislation in House of Representatives and that would be the best way to stay up to date for when this bill will be called for a vote. If the bill is not called for a vote tomorrow then the next possibility will be December 1st.

Update: Medical Marijuana Measure Fails in Illinois House

Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Troy, a pharmacist, argued the legislation does not provide enough regulation.

… a pharmacist.

Enough said.

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10 comments to Illinois Action Alert

  • darkcycle

    Right on.
    I used to be an Illinois voter….way back in 1980…

  • Got freedom?

    States can pass all the laws they want. Feds will just ignore it and continue to raid people’s medicine.

  • DdC

    Montel Williams Lobbying for Passage of MMJ Law By Kurt Erickson
    CN Source: Pantagraph November 29, 2010 Springfield

    Former talk show host Montel Williams is lobbying state lawmakers to approve legislation legalizing marijuana for medical use. The television personality is scheduled to meet with members of the Illinois House in the hours leading up to a planned vote Tuesday on the issue, said state Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat who is sponsoring the legislation. Williams has multiple sclerosis and uses medical marijuana to help ease the effects of his condition.

    All the crap Oppie has given away over the years. All the fads and gossip. Building a school in Africa. Making and Breaking people while gathering a billion bucks for herself and in the end what has she done for all Americans? Now’s her chance to stand with Montel. Last time I was posting @ Oprah Message Boards was in the Klintoon days. Pretty Liberal prohibitionish. Mostly shunning and censoring links. Haven’t been back, but she has a loud voice and could do some actual good for the people of Ill. Good Luck.

  • I May move.....

    ….if Illinois legalizes MMJ. So what are the standards of this bill, What medical conditions are accepted?

    Some how this slipped by me til i seen it on the news this morning.

  • kant

    here’s the house version:
    http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/96/HB/09600HB2514.htm

    requirements of the bill:

    -patient must have a debilitating medical condition

    (b) “Debilitating medical condition” means one or more of
    17 the following:
    18 (1) cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human
    19 immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency
    20 syndrome, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,
    21 Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, nail
    22 patella, or the treatment of these conditions;
    23 (2) a chronic or debilitating disease or medical
    24 condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the
    25 following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe pain;
    26 severe nausea; seizures, including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent
    2 muscle spasms, including but not limited to those
    3 characteristic of multiple sclerosis; or
    4 (3) any other medical condition or its treatment
    5 approved by the Department (department of public health), as provided for in subsection
    6 (a) of Section 20.
    7 (c ) “Department” means the Department of Public Health, or
    8 its successor agency.

    -primary caregiver as defined as:

    (i) “Primary caregiver” means a person who is at least 21
    8 years old, who has agreed to assist with a patient’s medical
    9 use of cannabis, and who has never been convicted of a felony
    10 drug offense. A primary caregiver, other than a medical
    11 cannabis organization as defined in this Act may assist no more
    12 than one qualifying patient with their medical use of cannabis.
    13 A patient may designate only one primary caregiver, except that
    14 a patient may designate a medical cannabis organization and one
    15 individual primary caregiver.

    -patients are only allowed 7 plants and 2 ounces of dried usable cannabis (until the department of public health determines what constitutes a reasonable 60 day supply)…also I think in the senate version only 6 plants are allowed only 3 of which can be “mature” (defined as 12 inches in height or width)

    -There is a provision for medical dispensaries but they are heavily regulated. Basically everyone that works there has to be registered with the state; the patients have to specifically name them as their primary caregiver. they can’t be located with a given distances of preexisting schools; and lots of oversight

    I thought there was a limit as to how many patients would be allowed in but that may have been an earlier version (i checked the senate version too but couldn’t find a limit)

    -it has a sunset clause of 3 years.

    that’s the basic outline but again the one’s i’m looking at might not be the most up-to-date ones. Again there’s differences, other than the ones I pointed out already, in the senate version. I hope this helps

  • claygooding

    An excellent article out of Florida by researchers on M/M:

    Key questions cloud medical pot debate

    http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20101130/ARTICLE/11301055/2416/NEWS?p=5&tc=pg

    “I can understand why people want to see marijuana legalized, because it does work for some people,” he said. “But along with that comes a responsibility to monitor what kinds of effects this greater access is having on the population. We can’t just make it more available and turn our backs — and then be surprised if something untoward starts happening.”

    The closing paragraph above fails to note that 20 million
    Americans have used marijuana and millions still do now
    without piles of dead bodies or mental institutions filling up.

  • mish

    let’s hope we do better with civil unions and abolishing the death penalty… both up this week in the IL House also.

    And as close as it was, this’ll come back in the next General Assembly.

    Not as if Dan Brady is representing ME or anything. You’d think the GOP held 80% of the town, the way the Republicans here hold a mandate.

  • Duncan20903

    He Pete all pharmacists aren’t like that. It’s just the 99% cohort of dastards that are makin’ the other 1% look bad.

    How about the Iowa and Oregon’s respective Boards of pharmacy deciding to move cannabis to schedule 2? Sure Iowa’ BoP had to be beaten in the face and head in order to get them to do their job. But hey, you know I’ve never actually validated my presumption that the BoPs are actually staffed with pharmacists. Hey if you remove the p, h, a, and m what would be the result?

    phaRmACIST.

  • Duncan20903

    I used to be an Illinois voter….way back in 1980…

    So how many votes were you able to cast on Election day? Did you go to different precincts to do it or all of them at one?