Support Grows for Medical Marijuana in Illinois
By Chuck Sudo in News on Apr 28, 2011 7:30PM
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Illinois House Republican leader Tom Cross has dropped his opposition after being swayed by constituents who asked that medical marijuana be dispensed in worst-case scenarios. Cross's reversal and a new set of proposed regulations may finally get the necessary votes for sponsor Lou Lang to pass a medical marijuana bill. the tighter regulations allow for dispensation of medical pot through regulated non-profits, instead of a pharmacy. Stiffer penalties and prison terms are also on the table, to keep dispensaries from becoming convenience stores for weed.
The last time this came up for a vote, the measure fell four votes shy of passage.