28 May 2009

Legalized Marijuna update: see my post 5/24/09

This is a follow-up to my post of 5/24/09 about legalized marijuana. The Illinois Senate is the 14th state to approve a medical marijuana bill.

The following information is from AP (Associated Press). The photo is an AFP/File.

Wed May 27, 11:01 pm ET SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The push to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois has taken a big step forward. The Illinois Senate voted 30-28 in favor of a plan to let sick people use pot for relief from diseases like cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis. The bill now goes to the Illinois House, where a committee passed a medical marijuana measure earlier this year. Bruce Mirken, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, says that if the bill is eventually signed into law, Illinois would join 13 other states that have such measures in place. Critics argue allowing medical marijuana would make it harder for police to enforce other marijuana laws and would be a step toward