More than a dozen states allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes.The "pending legislation" referenced in the selected portion is a bill introduced and approved last year by the state's Senate but never acted upon by the House of Reprsentatives. Perhaps a change of leadership will stop the House from bogarting the bill.
Strangely, so does Illinois. Medical marijuana was legalized here in 1978, but it has languished; bureaucrats have never implemented the practice.
The pending legislation would set up a public-health registry of people using doctor-approved marijuana to relieve the pain of, for example, Crohn's disease, or the upset stomach caused by chemotherapy. Patients could possess seven plants or two ounces of the dried drug.
"People who are seriously ill deserve access to all medical treatments that will help them fight their illness and recover,'' said Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, while not promising to support specific legislation.
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