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Illinois Moves to Allow Veterans Easier Access to Medical Marijuana

October 22nd

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Military veterans seeking medical marijuana in Illinois may have an easier time accessing the medicine under legislation pending in the Illinois House. An amendment to Senate Bill 1955, legislation to allow online lottery sales in the state, was filed by Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), sponsor of successful legislation which created the medical […]

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Illinois Officials Start Drafting Medical Marijuana Rules

October 4th

SPRINGFIELD, IL — State officials in Illinois met this week to begin drafting the rules for medical marijuana distribution under House Bill 1, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, which passed earlier this year. Representatives of Gov. Pat Quinn (D) met with officials from three agencies Tuesday: The state Department of Health is examining how […]

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Medical Marijuana in Illinois: Caveat Emptor for Patients

August 20th

Dispatches from the Underground #1 “Protest and Survive: One Patient’s View of Medical Marijuana in Illinois” Bear with me. It gets better and more topical, medical marijuana in Illinois will come in a few moments…well, no actually that will take almost a year, but I’ll get to that after initial introductions are out of the […]

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Governor Quinn Signs Bill Making Illinois the 20th Medical Marijuana Sate

August 1st

By | The Daily Chronic

SPRINGFIELD, IL –  – Governor Pat Quinn signed House Bill 1 into law today, making Illinois the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana. Nearly 40 percent of people in the U.S. now live in states that have adopted such laws. The Illinois “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program” Act creates a framework to protect physicians [...]

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Illinois Poised to Become 20th Medical Marijuana State

August 1st

By | The Daily Chronic

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois will become the 20th state in the nation, along with the District of Columbia, to legalize medical marijuana when Governor Pat Quinn signs House Bill 1, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, later today. Quinn is expected to sign the measure at 11:30 a.m. at the University of Chicago medical [...]

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Illinois Governor to Sign Medical Marijuana Bill Thursday

July 31st

By | The Daily Chronic

CHICAGO, IL – Governor Pat Quinn will sign legislation Thursday making Illinois the 20th state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana, just a few days before the bill was set to become law without his signature. Gov. Quinn is expected to sign the bill at the University of Chicago, where he will speak about [...]

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Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Likely to Become Law without Gov. Quinn’s Signature

July 31st

By | The Daily Chronic

SPRINGFIELD, IL —  Illinois residents continue to wait for Democrat Governor Pat Quinn to sign House Bill 1, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, passed by the legislature in May. Even though the bill creates only a four year medical marijuana pilot program, advocates, who call the bill a “great first step,” have been anxiously [...]

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Illinois Medical Marijuana Patients Continue to Wait for Gov. Quinn’s Signature on HB 1

July 22nd

SPRINGFIELD, IL — When the Illinois legislature passed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act in May, it capped a decade-long push for medical marijuana in the state, and even though it creates only a temporary medical marijuana pilot program, medical marijuana advocates called the bill a “great first step.”

Illinois patients needed only the signature of Democrat Governor Pat Quinn on the pages of House Bill 1 for medical marijuana to begin moving towards reality, making Illinois the 19th medical marijuana state, even if it is only for four years.

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Illinois Medical Marijuana: Great First Step, Room for Improvements

May 18th

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois Senate voted 35-21 Friday to pass the “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act,” which creates a framework to protect physicians and certain qualified medical marijuana patients from arrest and prosecution — but only for the next four years.

Friday’s vote comes a month after the Illinois House voted 61-57 in favor of House Bill 1, which now goes to Governor Quinn. If the bill is signed into law, Illinois would become the country’s 19th — and most restrictive —  medical marijuana state.

Advocates have raised a number of concerns over the bill, and plan to pursue follow-up legislation to improve its effectiveness in meeting patients’ needs.

“This is a great day for patients in Illinois,” Mike Liszewski, Policy Director with Americans for Safe Access, said Friday. “We hope that Governor Quinn will see the importance of signing this bill into law, which we look forward to implementing and also improving with follow-up legislation.”

House Bill 1, which is scheduled to expire in four years, was called one of the most restrictive laws in the country by one of the bill’s sponsors, Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton).

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After 10 Years, Illinois Finally Approves Medical Marijuana

May 18th

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — With a final vote by the state Senate Friday, the Illinois legislature has finally approved a medical marijuana bill. It only took ten years.

If Gov. Patrick Quinn (D) signs it into law, Illinois will become either the 19th or the 20th medical marijuana state, depending on whether similar legislation in New Hampshire gets approved first.

Quinn has signaled that he approves of medical marijuana, but has made no definitive statement about whether he would sign or veto the bill, so Illinois activists and the Marijuana Policy Project are calling on supporters to keep up the pressure.

Quinn has indicated he is sympathetic to the bill, especially as it would benefit injured veterans.

On Sunday, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon said she supported the bill.

If the bill is signed into law by the governor, Illinois will become the first state in the Midwest to approve medical marijuana through the legislative process. Michigan approved it in 2008, but that was via a voter initiative.

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