The Illinois GOP is starting to go green...
The AP recently surveyed the GOP candidates for Illinois governor
and found out something, like, totally awesome dude: some of them actually support medical marijuana laws for the state.
Of course, some of them are also closed-minded curmudgeons who actually claim with a clear-conscious that "relatively few studies have been completed on the health benefits relating to the effects of inhaling marijuana as an alternative to currently available treatment."
That quote comes from DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom
. Obviously, he has never heard of a little group called the American Medical Association
Remarkably, though it seems Schillerstrom is a minority among his peers. Most of the candidates quoted in the piece say they would back a "narrowly defined" or "narrowly drawn" prescription pot law for the Land of Lincoln.
Oh wait, Illinois already has a medical marijuana law
on the books.
More than a dozen states allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes.
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.
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.
One thing is for sure, though, even if it's a GOP member who does it, they won't be the first Republican governor to admit that weed ain't all that bad. That honor belongs to this guy: