Illinois Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Measure, Goes to the Governor’s Desk

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director May 17, 2013

    This afternoon, the Illinois State Senate voted 35 to 21 in favor of House Bill 1, which would establish a medical marijuana pilot program in the state. The measure had previously been approved by the House of Representatives and moves to the Governor Pat Quinn’s desk for his signature. While Governor Quinn hasn’t taken a firm stance on HB 1, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon has been open in regards to her support for this legislation.

    You can read the full text of the measure here.

    NORML will keep you updated as this story develops.

    16 responses to “Illinois Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Measure, Goes to the Governor’s Desk”

    1. Ben says:

      At this point, only an uninformed moron, or a well-paid unethical prick would claim that cannabis is anything but a very healthy option, and teeming with medical benefits.

    2. Twila says:

      Obama needs to be focused on more other important issues. Like bringing our troops home is number one..

    3. lori says:

      it must be… there are by far many benefits of legalizing for health ~

    4. Marijuana Users Are Safer Drivers Than Non-Marijuana Users, New Study Shows

      >PRWEB.COM Newswire

      New York (PRWEB) April 06, 2012

      In a recent study, 4AutoinsuranceQuote.org, a national quote provider for online car insurance quotes, cites a strong correlation between traffic-related accidents and marijuana use. The study, which looks at statistics regarding accidents, traffic violations, and insurance prices, seeks to dispel the thought that “driving while stoned” is dangerous.

      In the study, 4AutoInsuranceQuote.org points out that the only significant effect that marijuana has on operating a motor vehicle is slower driving. 4AutoInsuranceQuote.org says, while referencing a study by the US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), that driving slower “is arguably a positive thing” and that driving under the influence of marijuana “might even make you a safer driver.” A similar study by the NHTSA shows that drivers with THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) in their system have accident responsibility rates below that of drug free drivers.

      In fact, a recent study shows that use of medical marijuana has caused traffic related fatalities to drop by up to nine percent in states that have legalized its use. This study, titled “Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption”, conducted by Mark Anderson and Daniel Rees in November 2011, shows that increased marijuana use amongst adults has decreased alcohol related traffic deaths in said states. This study provides solid evidence that marijuana is not only a safe substitute for alcohol, but it also makes for more safer drivers

      Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/655541#ixzz2TaFbL8Sw

    5. I’m just forwarding this article . I don’t condone it or accept it . I still think no one should drive while high ( especially alcohol ) on marijuana .

    6. jordan says:

      a great day in history.

    7. Clay says:

      Hmmmm…the Prez’s home state is now more advanced on Marijuana than he is. C’mon Obama, you’re supposed to be ahead of the issues!

    8. kush says:

      i have a complaint there are too many fake dispencerys opening up taking proples money witch should be a none proffit deal my dad is a lawyer and i will explain how iv been miss lead and taking for my mpney from scandalus places weedmaps has sent to me ,y name is kush king and id like a responce at my email asap this is a very serious problem

    9. Frank says:

      People who are suffering from something that is taking away their life, deserve every option available.

    10. Brad says:

      Like living with ADHD and not wanting to be put on pills so has to deal with being discriminated for using an illegal item to help cope and manage my disorder