Illinois Medical Marijuana law close to a vote
Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), House sponsor of the Illinois medical cannabis bill, has renewed his call for support for SB 1381. He was joined at a press conference by doctors, clergy, patients, and public health authority and Gov. Patrick Quinnâ€™s personal physician Dr. Quentin Young. The legislature is scheduled to adjourn on May 7, so our time is now. We expect Rep. Lang to call for a vote on this bill within a matter of days, quite possibly this Thursday.
We are within striking distance of the 60 votes needed to send the bill to Gov. Quinn for his signature. Gov. Quinn has stated that, â€œPeople who are seriously ill deserve access to all medical treatments that will help them fight their illness and recover.â€ Through his spokesperson, the governor has signaled he will give â€œserious considerationâ€ to a medical cannabis bill should it reach him.
According to Rep. Lang, â€œ92 [representatives] have looked me in the eye and said, â€˜This is a great bill. I hope you pass it.â€™ But only 52 have said theyâ€™ll vote for it. They come up with all kinds of excuses. When you have elected officials who choose to vote against their own conscience for political reasons, thatâ€™s a recipe for bad politics.â€
A successful House vote would send this bill to Gov. Quinnâ€™s desk.
Help to make Illinois the 15th state to protect patients by once again contacting your Representative to vote â€œyesâ€ when the time comes.
Call your Representative at 217-782-2000 and tell them to “Vote Yes on Senate Bill 1381.
I agree with what Scott Morgan said about what Eric Sterling said about Michele Leonhart.
Eric’s letter in the Washington Post
The April 19 editorial â€œMedical marijuanaâ€ made a wise observation regarding the D.C. medical marijuana law â€” â€œcritical details will need to be worked out in its implementationâ€ â€” but did not mention the key obstacle: the federal drug law and the Drug Enforcement Administration opposition. The D.C. law and those of 14 states are messy because they need to work around federal law. D.C. and the states would benefit from DEA cooperation, not opposition stubbornly grounded on the Constitutionâ€™s supremacy clause.
The multiple sclerosis patient in New Jersey who was sentenced to five years in prison for growing marijuana plants and has been incarcerated since March may be released today while he appeals his case.
This case painfully reminds me of the case of Jonathan Magbie (although it’s important to remember him).
Want Some Pizza With That Pot? Stoners Weigh in on Legalization’s Big Winners – Daily Finance takes a look at the companies who might gain from marijuana legalization’s “munchie” side-effect.
Now you can download the brochure for Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana and see what they’re pushing to the public.
At FireDogLake, Dale Sky Clare, the Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University and the Spokesperson for Control and Tax Cannabis 2010 is interviewed. She talks about both Oaksterdam and the upcoming ballot initiative.
Interesting point she makes is that they now have the support of major labor unions and the NAACP.
Dale speaks very well, and knows all the right points. I hate watching talking head videos, but really enjoyed listening to her. She’s extremely bright, understands the needs of others, and knows how to target her message. I’m really encouraged.
This is an open thread.