Medical marijuana passes Illinois Senate; head of drug task force thinks it’s a bad idea

Senate approves medical marijuana bill, sends it to House

A measure legalizing medical marijuana finally made it through the state Senate on Wednesday, but a major hurdle remains before it can become Illinois law.
The Senate voted 30-28 for Senate Bill 1381, giving the measure right at the 30 ‘yes’ votes needed to pass. The measure would allow doctors to prescribe cannabis to patients with diseases like AIDS and glaucoma. […]
The measure now heads to the House. At a statehouse press conference earlier in the year, Rep. Lou Lang said he was unsure how far any medical marijuana measure would get in the House.

Nice quote in the debate from Sen. Mike Jacobs (D-East Moline)

“Do you find it at all interesting that people view drugs made by man as better than drugs made by God?” Jacobs said during debate. “This is something that someone can drop in their backyard and find relief from, and there’s some of us in this chamber that would prefer Oxycontin, morphine; would prefer mommy’s little helper, uppers, downers, all-arounders.”

Elsewhere in the news, John Binny, commander of the State Line Area Narcotics
Team, a law enforcement organization serving Stephenson, Jo Daviess
and other counties in northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin, lectures readers about medical issues, scientific research, the proper way to conduct agricultural activities, and, apparently, logic. Logic Eliminates Medical Marijuana
With such a range of expertise, it’s hard to know how he found time to learn how to be a policeman.

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