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Illinois House kills medical marijuana bill in 60-56 vote | The NORML Stash Blog

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13 responses to “Illinois House kills medical marijuana bill in 60-56 vote”

  1. Frank Tomasek

    Dear Gentlemen, I would like to see medical marijuana legalized in illinois. I think it could help many people with there aliments. I have been fighting with constent pain from diabetes neuopathy ,arthrits,bone degeneration.The doctors say that i can’t take anything like ibprofene meds because of my kidney desease ,they only allow xanax for my axienty , and soma for the pain which i am tolerant to all this and getting sideaffects and no relief. i think truthfully we need to change goverment and sign that bill Quin ! If there is any hope out there lets do it .Thank You and Happy Holidays Frank….

  2. tj

    I’m 19 I have degenerating disks all throughout my back it hurts all the time I feel like I’m 80 when I wake up. So I continue to ask why can I be prescribed ibuprofen which is PROVEN to cause liver damage AND stomach ulcers but I absolutely CAN NOT smoke marijuana, which takes away the pain without causing more….. To all of the politicians who voted this down please take about ten steps back and ask yourself why you voted no…. We live in a new era there are 15 states and DC that have passed a medical marijuana bill so why are WE WAITING?????

  3. william dean

    if its like delaware we have a zero tolerance for drugged driving which means that if a blood test were taken and the metabolites released into the blood stream that are associated with cannabis consumption are found then you can be given a dui. it is these metabolites that are detectable for a month or so and dont necessarily mean current or recent use and certainly dont indicate under the influence. i believe this is the protection that was offered from the bill

  4. jpuent1980

    Yes sir!

  5. jpuent1980

    Its not over yet. A member who intentionally voted no so they could recall the bill….We have fifty-nine votes and a member who voted present has voted yes on the bill in the past..We got one more shot! I can’t hardly take this any more. Come on people help your brothers and sisters! ONE MORE VOTE :-D

  6. Chicago Louie

    This is just nasty politics on the part of “Pig” lobby in Springfield. Did you know that nearly one million of our brothers and sisters are arrested each year for simple bud possession in the U.S.? Eliminate those arrests and you reduce the need for thousands of unionized stormtrooper jobs.

    It’s just like oil. The government says that they want to go green yet the loss of the excise taxes on gasoline at the pump would cripple their public tax enslavement agenda.

    Peace world. Meditate, pray, bong.

    Louie

    8-)

  7. chris

    Evan,

    I know. If they weren’t asking for so much, it would have passed. Greed caused it to fail. For instance, perhaps if they didn’t have to try to add cultivation to prop 19, it might have passed. It only failed by a few percentage points. How many voters thought growing was going too far?

    It’s not like a growing law couldn’t have been revisited a couple of years later. That’s how change happens. It doesn’t happen overnight.

    To put it another way, you don’t get laid your first date.

    -Chris

  8. michael g IL

    whats wrong with (enacted protections to drive)?????? If you use MedMary that does ‘nt mean you are high 24/7. get real…..

  9. Evan

    Chris: California (and other Compassionate Use states) has had Compassionate Use of MEDICAL Cannabis for years which PASSED as Prop. 215. What failed this year in CA was legalization for RECREATIONAL use.

    I believe all states have laws against driving UNDER THE INFLUENCE of anything. Driving protections make it possible to TRANSPORT one’s medicine home legally, as well as what Radical Russ said.

  10. Curtis

    In the end that’s really the answer to everything. Right now the biggest obstacle to marijuana legalization is the 70 odd years of smearing. We have to break down a reputation before we can sit at the cafe and light one up. Medical marijuana redefines the image of reefer madness and killer pot. It flips the lies about how dangerous marijuana is on their heads. This substance helps people! Thats the message that needs to get out. Shock and awe does not change the mind of a people. It has to be a gradual acceptance or it wont stick.

  11. Thom

    It’s time to come to our senses Illinois! Start by decriminalizing it, and then drive out the illegal activity. Then gain a foothold for regulation and the legal dispensing of it to patients and Over 21 adult users. Either that or make Whiskey illegal again too, talk about a killer…

  12. chris

    It failed because it asked for too much. I don’t know the wording of the bill, but the summary above says that it enacted protections to drive? Give me a break.

    Greed is what is killing the movement. Same reason it failed in Cali. Ask for a little now, expand later. Don’t ask for EVERYTHING right off the bat. What the hell did it even have to go into driving for? Why bother going into growing? Get a medical bill passed so the idiots see there is no end of the world scenario, then expand the rights.

    The end of segregation started with a woman who refused to get to the back of the bus, not a bill asking for every single right under everything. Baby steps.

    Think.

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