Illinois trying again on medical marijuana

This certainly isn’t the first time for Illinois, but it could be the best shot to date.
Now we still have Limey Nargelenas, deputy director of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police irresponsibly shooting off his mouth about gateways and children..

Nargelenas said the problem is that individuals who just want to get high — and who aren‰t seriously ill — could abuse a medical marijuana law like the one Haine envisions.
Further, characterizing marijuana as medicine ‹sends a real bad message to the kids,Š he said.
‹We just see so many kids today that when they do try marijuana, they start experimenting with other drugs too,Š Nargelenas said. ‹We believe (medical marijuana) should be very restricted, just like any other kind of medication.Š

…but note that last comment: “just like any other kind of medication.” Ah, Limey, so you’re admitting that it is medicine.
There’s a step.
Here are the positive things that Illinois has going for it this time around:

  1. John Walters won’t be flying in with his entourage to browbeat the state legislature into defeating it
  2. There could be a less negative feeling about how the state law will interact with the federal law now.
  3. This year’s bill sponsor, William Haine, is a former State’s Attorney. That could ease things with law enforcement.
  4. The previous sponsor, John Cullerton, is now Senate president.
  5. Michigan passed it last year, so the midwest is in play.
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