UPDATE: Gov. Quinn to Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

By: AP
By: AP


CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will sign legislation making the state the 20th in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana.

His remarks Thursday will focus on providing relief to the seriously ill, including veterans.

The Chicago Democrat will also tout the legislation's strict standards, which experts say are among the nation's toughest. That's according to a copy of details obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

The measure outlines a four-year pilot program that requires patients and caregivers to undergo background checks and sets provisions for state-regulated dispensaries. The proposal says seriously ill patients can be allowed up to 2.5 ounces at a time.

Jim Champion, a veteran with multiple sclerosis who's advocated for medical cannabis, has been invited to speak at Thursday's bill signing.

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The bill is HB1.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov



CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn is poised to sign legislation that would make Illinois the 20th state nationwide to legalize marijuana for medical use.

The Chicago Democrat's public schedule obtained by The Associated Press says he's going to take up the issue Thursday at the University of Chicago.

While Quinn has been reticent about what he's going to do, advocates for medical marijuana have been invited to a bill signing. That includes Sandy Champion who has lobbied Quinn with her seriously husband. She says she's been contacted by the governor's office.

The proposal says seriously ill patients can be allowed up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. But it's only for patients who have a relationship with their doctor and who suffer from specifically-listed medical conditions.

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The bill is HB1.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov


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