Senate Bill 1381, sponsored by Sen. William Haine (D-Alton), and co-sponsored by Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) and Sen. Jeffrey Schoenberg (D-Evanston), would create the "Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program," allowing a person diagnosed by a doctor with a "debilitating medical condition" to legally possess marijuana.
The person could be issued an identification card by the Department of Public Health that would allow possession of no more than seven dried cannabis plants or two ounces of dried cannabis, according to the bill.
The legislation was approved by the Senate's Public Health Committee yesterday. Toby Trimmer, director of communications for Senate President John J. Cullerton says the measure passed 6-2. It will be debated by the full Senate by the end of next week.
Schoenberg said the measure passed with bi-partisan support, but some members of the committee urged Haine to strengthen parts of the bill regarding who can possess the drug.