SPRINGFIELD — The Home on Saturday voted to completely legalize medical marijuana in Illinois.
Lawmakers accredited a pilot program for medical marijuana legalization in 2013 that’s set to run out subsequent 12 months.
The Home accredited making the legalization everlasting with a 98-Three vote on the final day of its session Saturday. The measure nonetheless have to be accredited by the Senate, which is scheduled to reconvene at Three p.m. Sunday.
Rep. Bob Morgan, a Deerfield Democrat, stated Senate Invoice 2023 stabilizes this system, clarifies who might be licensed sufferers, and provides a social fairness part. The invoice additionally provides 11 new qualifying situations, together with persistent ache, migraines, anorexia, and irritable bowel syndrome.
“There are tens of 1000’s of sufferers in Illinois which are counting on us to get this executed, to stabilize and proceed and lengthen this program for them,” Morgan stated from the Home flooring Saturday night.
Sen. Laura Nice, a Glenview Democrat and the invoice’s Senate sponsor, stated the expanded record of situations ought to have added to this system final session however was denied by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Sandy Champion has been advocating for medical marijuana in Illinois since 2010, and she or he testified Friday in favor of the invoice throughout a Senate committee listening to.
She suffers from migraines, and has been a kind of ready to have her situation acknowledged.
“I’ve fought so exhausting for everybody round me. I’m the one who hasn’t been capable of partake in this system but,” she stated. “I do not need to get excessive. I do not need to get stoned. I do not need to lay on my sofa all day; I’ve somebody I’ve to handle.”
She additionally spoke in favor of clearing the best way for veterans prescribed opioids to opt-in to an alternate program that offers them entry to medical cannabis. Federal medical doctors, she defined, have been unable to supply prescriptions that their sufferers can take exterior of their well being techniques.
“Veterans had been neglected,” Champion stated. “That was not our intention, and we want that to alter.”
Morgan stated there’s roughly 60,000 sufferers enrolled within the medical cannabis program. He stated he’s spoken with sufferers who’ve voiced involved in regards to the permanency and entry to this system because it remained untouched by the 2 earlier administrations.
“I pledged to these sufferers, once I labored in state authorities, that I’d proceed to struggle to guard this system, and that is my resolution to that my pledge and my promise being fulfilled,” Morgan stated.