Quinn To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill Thursday
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Quinn To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill Thursday
Posted by CN Staff on July 31, 2013 at 16:31:32 PT
By Ray Long
Source: Chicago Tribune
Springfield -- Gov. Pat Quinn will sign a bill into law Thursday legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Illinois at an event at the University of Chicago, two state government sources told the Tribune today. Supporters say the four-year trial program here will be the strictest law of its kind in the nation.For years, the measure had failed to gain traction at the Capitol, particularly in the House. But sponsoring Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, was able to cobble together a simple majority in the spring to send the bill to the Senate, where a similar but less restrictive bill had passed in previous years.
As the legislation was gaining momentum, Quinn indicated that he would keep an “open mind” about the issue. Proponents took it as a positive sign from a governor who has displayed his liberal tendencies on issues ranging from abolishing the death penalty to supporting a gay marriage bill.One reason Quinn said he was giving legalized pot more thought was that he was impressed by an injured military veteran who maintained marijuana provided him relief from war wounds.Under the new law, which would take effect Jan. 1, an individual could be prescribed no more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana over two weeks. The prescribing doctor must have had a prior and ongoing medical relationship with the patient.  Patients would have to buy the marijuana from one of 60 dispensing centers throughout the state and would not be allowed to legally grow their own. Workers at dispensing centers would undergo criminal background checks, the stores would be under round-the-clock camera surveillance and users would carry cards that indicate how much they had bought to prevent stockpiling. Marijuana would be grown inside 22 cultivation centers registered with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Source: Chicago Tribune (IL)Author: Ray LongPublished: July 31, 2013Copyright: 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLCWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by Swazi-X on August 01, 2013 at 15:30:13 PT
Smoke and Mirrors
No home cultivation=no victory.This seems good on it's surface, but the practicality of using cannabis effectively means having a sufficient supply - and at $400/oz. this is impossible for most people.No home cultivation also means there won't be anyone able to consume raw cannabis in their diets - which is the real game changer in this obscene dance between common sense and the idiot Imperialists who own our government. Eat the stuff, don't get high, sit back and start feeling
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Comment #9 posted by Had Enough on August 01, 2013 at 12:05:57 PT
"Smoke 'em if you got 'em!"
Your move, rest of the world: Uruguay votes to legalize marijuanaAfter a historic vote, Uruguay's Congress has essentially shouted, "Smoke 'em if you got 'em!" The vote opens the way for Uruguay to become the first country with a legal marijuana market, allowing citizens to grow, sell and distribute the drug.more…
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Comment #8 posted by HempWorld on August 01, 2013 at 09:43:45 PT
NY Times: the bill, which could become law as early as this month, people would be allowed to grow marijuana in their homes, limited to six plants per household. They would also be permitted to form cooperatives allowed to cultivate 99 plants. In addition, private companies could grow marijuana under the bill, though their harvests could be bought only by the government, which would market the drug in licensed pharmacies. To buy marijuana in pharmacies, Uruguayans would be required to enter their names into a federal registry, which is intended to remain confidential, and would be limited to buying 40 grams per month. And in a move to prevent foreign tourists from flocking to Uruguay to smoke marijuana, the legislation would restrict legal purchases to Uruguayans. Marijuana use is already largely tolerated by the Uruguayan authorities. Some people in Uruguay remain opposed to the bill, contending that it would increase marijuana use among the young. “This is an adventure which may end up endangering an entire generation,” said Gerardo Amarilla, an opposition legislator with Uruguay’s National Party. But in Latin America and beyond, supporters of relaxing drug laws say the Uruguayan measure, along with similar legislation in parts of the United States, could embolden efforts to legalize marijuana in other countries. “This vote is destined to have a big impact, with regional and even global repercussions for drug policy,” said John Walsh, an analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights group. “Uruguay’s timing is right. Because of last year’s Colorado and Washington State votes to legalize, the U.S. government is in no position to browbeat Uruguay or others who may follow.” Legislators in the governing coalition, the Broad Front, have argued that the legislation forms part of a tradition in Uruguay of asserting state control over certain areas of the economy and searching for progressive solutions to social problems. “This bill doesn’t promote consumption,” said Sebastián Sabini, the legislator sponsoring the bill. “It regulates it.” Mauricio Rabuffetti contributed reporting from Montevideo, Uruguay.
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Comment #7 posted by HempWorld on August 01, 2013 at 09:37:37 PT
Uruguay takes step toward full pot legalization
Uruguay takes step toward full pot legalization!Yeah Baby! waiting for this!
Hemp Magazine
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on August 01, 2013 at 08:14:06 PT
Law makers vs. a weed.
For those of us who know he truth about cannabis [and we are now in the 100's of millions] we know these "concerns" and "safety" controls are bogus and there to protect the profits of various industries. These stringent rules and regulations will come back to bite them on the butt in the future. Consequential thinking does not seem to be a part of their mental process?Like other out dated laws , segregation, abortion, etc. Even the believers in a flat earth were not to be convinced otherwise. The Catholic church, for years, persecuted people who claimed the world was round and not the center of the universe. Stupidity has a shelf life.Don't fear the reefer! 
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Comment #5 posted by Sam Adams on August 01, 2013 at 07:51:09 PT
medical farce
yep, medical cannabis has been tied down & trussed up like Hanibal Lechter in yet another state, score a victory for Big Pharma.If it's like NJ and VT, there will be less than 1,000 people able to get medicine this way, with each state having millions of active recreational and medical users. At last count I believe VT and NJ each has less than 300 patients with legal protection.And we call this victory? No thanks.
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Comment #4 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on July 31, 2013 at 23:27:50 PT
114.5 million people in med mj states!
Including Illinois. I added it up.Back when we were in single digits in state numbers, I really thought that by the time we hit 20, the Feds would have given up.Illinois is the closet state to me, yet. Unfortunately, like most med mj states, especially in the east, depression doesn't qualify.
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on July 31, 2013 at 18:45:23 PT
Resist GMO-Cannabis - Know your Farmer
Manipulating Marijuana: Monsanto and Syngenta Invest In RNA Interference Technology.
By Tracy Giesz-Ramsay, Cannabis Culture - Tuesday, July 30 2013. 
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Comment #2 posted by mexweed on July 31, 2013 at 17:39:08 PT:
2.5 oz. = 2250 tokes
Based on an average 900 x 25-mg single tokes per ounce after siftage. Check out long-stemmed socket-wrench one-hitter and barbed-hose-nipple one-hitter on article, "How to Make S---- Pipes from Everyday Objects". Use of conservative single-toke utensils will mean you have enough to share with family members at authorized adult discretion.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on July 31, 2013 at 17:00:13 PT
Thank you Gov. Pat Quinn!
Thank you, thank you and thank you, again! (in advance)Brave act! In defiance of, Rocky!
Marijuana Dispensary
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