Medical Cannabis May Be Legalized in Illinois

Medical Cannabis May Be Legalized in Illinois
Posted by CN Staff on March 17, 2008 at 20:09:27 PT
By Kate Stickelmaier, Daily Vidette Senior Staff
Source: Daily Vidette
Illinois -- In a decision on March 5, the Senate Public Health Committee voted 6-4 in favor of allowing the medical use of marijuana to become legal for those with debilitating diseases.If the law is passed, those with illnesses such as glaucoma, cancer and AIDS could potentially benefit by relieving some of their symptoms through use of the plant.
However, similar legislation was approved by the committee last year and voted down by the Senate in its third reading."The one [bill] that I am the most confident in passing is Senate Bill 2865, which would allow patients in Illinois with their doctor's recommendation [to] medicate with cannabis," Dan Linn, executive director of the Illinois chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML), said. According to Linn, Senate Bill 2865 would allow for patients to grow up to eight plants and possess two and a half ounces of cannabis at a time and would also allow for caregivers to do so for the patients."…The bill does allow a 'medical marijuana organization' to be the primary caregiver for a patient and that organization would be able to provide medicine for as many patients as are registered for that 'medical marijuana organization' as their caregiver," Linn said.Such an organization would be required to pay a fee and register with the Department of Public Health, according to Linn."The wasting syndrome associated with HIV/AIDS can be alleviated by using cannabis and the effects of chemotherapy can also be reduced," Linn explained. "The stereotypical 'munchies' are vital for those who cannot stomach the food needed to survive."The current legislation would carry harsher penalties than simple marijuana possession for those who abuse the medical cannabis program."The new bill clearly defines the guidelines for the Department of Public Health to implement a medical cannabis program," Linn said.Contrary to published reports, a branch of the State Police Department never implemented the law when it was originally passed 30 years ago, according to Kimberly Parker, a Public Health Department spokesperson, said."Our agency was never [involved] in the statute," Parker said when referring to the 1978 Cannabis Control Act.The current bill will be sent to the Illinois Senate floor on April 1.Source: Daily Vidette (IL Edu)Author: Kate Stickelmaier, Daily Vidette Senior StaffPublished: March 18, 2008Copyright: 2008 Daily VidetteContact: vidette ilstu.eduWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Illinois NORML Bill Aims To Legalize Medical Marijuana Marijuana Gets Support
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Comment #7 posted by ekim on March 19, 2008 at 20:20:42 PT
info on Howard
just a reminder that Howard has said that if anyone is comming to DC and would like to go to there lawmakers office he would try his heart out to meet with you if you would just get in touch with Howard before hand.that means that if you are from say MI and you would like to talk to your lawmaker on changes in the drug war -- like the med petition please give it some thought.all states for that matter or sent him a letter to take to your lawmaker.
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Comment #6 posted by ekim on March 19, 2008 at 20:08:48 PT
Dank did you see the horse 
i thought it looked like Howard Wooldridge of Leap and his horse Misty.
its found on the contents page under weekly 3d
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Comment #5 posted by Dankhank on March 18, 2008 at 22:36:22 PT
magic eye ...
see the magic easier all the time ...thanx ekim
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Comment #4 posted by Had Enough on March 18, 2008 at 04:43:16 PT
Crist Admits Pot-Smoking, But Supports Drug Law
Crist Admits Pot-Smoking, But Supports Drug Law
POSTED: 2:47 pm EDT March 15, 2008
UPDATED: 3:05 pm EDT March 15, 2008TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Despite a growing prison population and a shrinking budget, Gov. Charlie Crist said he doesn’t support changing Florida’s drug laws. State officials estimate Florida’s prisons will swell to 100,000 inmates by year’s end, with about 20 percent serving sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. Each prisoner costs more than $19,000 a year to incarcerate. At the current pace, Florida will have to build two prisons a year through 2013 to keep up. Some lawmakers are questioning the state’s strategy toward nonviolent drug offenders, who have been convicted of crimes ranging from possession to drug trafficking. But they’re not likely to gain Crist’s support—who acknowledges he smoked marijuana when he was younger. Crist acknowledged in an interview with The Miami Herald that he smoked marijuana. But he said he’s not inclined to seek any changes to the state’s drug…….Found here -
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Comment #3 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on March 18, 2008 at 01:28:26 PT
Another interesting article on that site - "expensive" placebos are more effective than "cheap" placebos!
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on March 17, 2008 at 21:06:56 PT
A few things.
* I'd be more comfortable if the current bill will be sent to the Illinois Senate floor on a different date than April 1.* The website ( ) contains a poll if anyone is interested:If the election was held today, who would you vote for? Hillary Clinton Barack Obama John McCain None of these/other * The website also has an article titled:Study shows ethanol may benefit memoryBy: Hannah Tomlin, Daily Vidette Staff 
(with a picture of Everclear) somehow I don't think they'll be using everclear to help Ahlziemers disease patients)* For Saint Pat's day I'm going to attempt to fit 2 beers in My 1 beer stomache. For My memory, of course. Future memory, that is.)
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Comment #1 posted by ekim on March 17, 2008 at 20:46:40 PT
just think how many jobs could have been Illinois May Grow Hemp Plants 
Posted by FoM on September 16, 2000 at 10:15:48 PT
By Holly Birch, Daily Illini U. Illinois 
Source: U-WIRE Illinois legislators are debating whether industrial hemp can be grown for research purposes on the University of Illinois campus. State Sen. Evelyn Bowles, D-Edwardsville, said a bill concerning industrial hemp is now on its third reading and should be called in the next veto session. If the bill goes through, the University could begin planting hemp as early as next spring. 
 Ryan's Veto Nixes Chance To Research Hemp 
Posted by FoM on February 27, 2001 at 09:18:08 PT
By Burke Speaker, Daily Egyptian 
Source: Daily Egyptian Gov. George Ryan vetoed legislation on Friday that would have given Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and the University of Illinois the green light to research industrial hemp as an alternative crop in Illinois. 
Ryan said concerns about the effect of a burgeoning hemp crop on law enforcement and traces of the mind-altering drug THC in hemp outweighs the projected demand for products derived from hemp, marijuana's genetic relative. "I will not ignore the unified concern of drug treatment and prevention groups that the ultimate commercial cultivation and availability of a product that contains a mind-altering substance would leave open the prospect of substance abuse," Ryan said in a statement.
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