Health and Fitness

IL Medical Cannabis Legislation Passes Committee

SPRINGFIELD–(ENEWSPF)–March 28, 2011.  Legislation that seeks to legalize the physician-supervised use of medical cannabis passed the House Healthcare Availability and Access Committee and is now waiting for a floor vote from the Illinois House of Representatives.

House Bill 30, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, allows qualified patients to possess and grow cannabis for medical purposes.  Please contact your State Representative and State Senator and urge them to pass this much needed legislation as soon as possible.  By calling 217-782-2000 the state directory operators will be able to connect you to your legislators’ offices.  Please let us know what responses you get from these lawmakers.  If you can setup an appointment to meet with them in person that is even better.

In the previous session, similar legislation was approved by the Senate but was narrowly defeated by the House.

Fifteen states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington —  and the District of Columbia have enacted laws protecting medical cannabis patients from state prosecution. There is no legitimate reason why Illinois patients should not enjoy these same legal protections.

Contact your state House member and tell them to support HB 30 by visiting NORML’s ‘Take Action’ Center here: