Quinn Signs Illinois MMJ Bill Into Law
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Quinn Signs Illinois MMJ Bill Into Law
Posted by CN Staff on August 01, 2013 at 15:26:32 PT
By Monique Garcia and Ray Long, Tribune Reporters
Source: Chicago Tribune 
Illinois -- Gov. Pat Quinn today signed a bill legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Illinois that supporters say is the strictest in the nation.Jim Champion, a military veteran from Somonauk who suffers from multiple sclerosis, joined the governor at a bill signing ceremony at the University of Chicago. He told of the relief he gets from marijuana, which his wife indicated allows him to more than cut in half the number of pills he takes. Champion said he is glad he'll soon no longer be violating the law to get pain relief.
The law takes effect Jan. 1, but state regulators are likely to need months to come up with the rules. That means it could be until next summer before those suffering from 42 illnesses including cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis can legally seek relief through marijuana. Under the new law, a person could be prescribed no more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana over two weeks. That's enough to fill two small sandwich bags. In addition, the prescribing doctor must have a prior and ongoing medical relationship with the patient. And a doctor must find that the patient has one of a few dozen serious or chronic conditions for the marijuana to be prescribed.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 state.The state agriculture, professional regulation and public health agencies need to figure out a way to determine who gets permits to open marijuana growing centers and dispensaries and to determine rules for physicians giving out cards allowing patients to obtain the marijuana.For years, the measure had failed to gain traction at the Capitol, particularly in the House. But this spring sponsoring Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, was able to cobble together the votes needed to send the bill to the Senate, where a similar but less restrictive bill had passed in previous years.Quinn had said he'd keep an open mind on the issue and indicated that military veterans who suffered pain might get relief. Source: Chicago Tribune (IL)Author: Monique Garcia and Ray Long, Tribune ReportersPublished: August 1, 2013Copyright: 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLCWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on August 01, 2013 at 19:43:22 PT
Medical Cannabis in The USA
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on August 01, 2013 at 19:39:49 PT
They have over 12 million people. 
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on August 01, 2013 at 18:58:37 PT
Why Can't We Get this Level of Co-operation... 
by the Federal Government & Business Anymore:Rosie the Riveter's factory gets 2-month reprieve.
Donors hope to save a portion of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant, a Detroit-area factory, for conversion into a new, expanded home for the nearby Yankee Air Museum.
AP 1 day ago | By Mike Householder  of Associated Press Willow Run Story 
Why do we farm out our production to foreign nations and starve our own people? Why do we keep the most effective medicine on the planet in the hands of black market thugs and harass medical cannabis dispensaries? Why is the most nutritious food available on the planet illegal to grow in most of the USA? Why do we need endless gridlock in Congress instead of the national determination of the past? Why do we build for profit prisons as holding tanks for idled citizens while we shutter factories and farms in the USA? Where is that Rosie the Riveter moxie the nation once prized?Welcome to the rebirth of America, Illinois. 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on August 01, 2013 at 18:58:28 PT
It hasn't been that long since they, the agents of our governments, would even talk about medical cannabis. At all! Remember the names of all the people they killed, maimed, imprisoned, robbed, humiliated, intimidated and made jobless in the name of their war on cannabis. Illinois is another victory for some sort of sanity in the matter.
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on August 01, 2013 at 16:40:41 PT
Meanwhile, back in Cali...
U.S. TO PAY $4.1 MILLION TO STUDENT Daniel Chong, 25, Was Mistakenly Left in a Locked Room at a DEA Facility for Five Days Without Food or Water. SAN DIEGO - A college student mistakenly left in a Drug Enforcement Administration interrogation room for five days without food or water will receive $4.1 million from the federal government to settle his claim for maltreatment. Must have been his name that had them go ape-shite!
Where Your Taxes Go!
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on August 01, 2013 at 16:36:06 PT
Yeah guys, I know...
but at least we got a foot in the door and now this is the 20th state.So, I am still happy with this, as it continues to validate marijuana as a medicine, which it is.Did laws ever stop, we the people, from home cultivation?
Home Cultivation?
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