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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 02:54 PM
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Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Passes House Committee for the First Time Ever, 4-3
Source: stopthedrugwar.org

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS The Illinois House Human Services Committee passed a bipartisan bill today, 4-3, that would allow seriously ill patients with certain debilitating conditions who have their doctors recommendations to use medical marijuana without fear of arrest. A companion bill, SB 1381, is sponsored by three-term former state's attorney Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) in the Illinois Senate and is expected to receive a hearing in the Senate Public Health Committee next Tuesday. HB 2514, the House medical marijuana bill, is sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

Although this isn't the first time a medical marijuana bill was introduced in the Illinois House, this is the first time a House committee passed such a bill. Advocates hope state lawmakers will note that 63 percent of Michigan voters approved a similar law last November and that a 2008 statewide poll shows 68 percent support among Illinois voters for such a law.

"Doctors need every safe, effective medicine available to them when treating patients with serious conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis," said Dr. Jay Riseman, a Springfield physician who testified before the committee today. "I've seen medical marijuana work for patients when nothing else did, and I should be able to recommend it to my patients without leaving them vulnerable to arrest and even jail."

With more than 26,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. For more information, please visit http://MarijuanaPolicy.org.

Read more: http://stopthedrugwar.org/in_the_trenches/2009/mar/04/illinois_medical_marijuana_bill_



combined with the obama white house's new policy regarding suspending dea raids on rx pot, this is potentially FANTASTIC news.
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daggahead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 03:00 PM
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1. One state at a time ... n/t
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Royal Sloan 09 Donating Member (286 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 03:00 PM
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2. K & R, Solution = Legalize
Yes, We Cannabis!

:kick: :smoke: :thumbsup:

Sorry if it sounds like a broken record, but must keep repeating it. Just love singing to the choir!
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 03:04 PM
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3. I wonder what state will be the last to keep its citizenry from getting MMJ?
Obviously it'll be a regressive red state. Utah? Oklahoma? Kansas? Louisiana?
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harun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 03:14 PM
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6. I think you are right on the money with those 4, LOL.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 05:13 PM
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14. It will be North Carolina
This state still charges sales tax on groceries. Utah will have medical marijuana long before this place does.
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 07:21 PM
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27. It will be North Carolina
I dunno.... There certainly is a lot of pot grown in NC.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 07:47 PM
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29. You saw Reefer Madness, right?
"Marihuana is grown in every state in the Union."
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Lethe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 06:09 PM
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20. Texas
any bets?
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:11 PM
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34. My money's on Florida.
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Politicalboi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 03:05 PM
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4. Yes Weed Can!
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 03:09 PM
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5. Yes We Cannabis.
nt
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lies and propaganda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 04:34 PM
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10. absolute LOL!
that was perfection!
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navarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 03:20 PM
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7. Good on ya, Illinois!!
K & R.

Yes weed can.

Yes we cannabis.
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Soylent Brice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 03:37 PM
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8. WOOHOOO!!!!!!!!
K&R

one step closer...
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Wizard777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 04:33 PM
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9. Welcome to the club!
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jb5150 Donating Member (213 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 04:44 PM
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11. I was just wondering
is a hangnail considered a serious condition? It's really painful, and I haven't been eating very well.

:hide:
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 05:16 PM
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15. If you're being serious, Anbesol is a great hangnail pain reliever.
The stuff you use for a toothache.

Cannabis, not so much.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 04:48 PM
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12. Kicked and recommended for common sense, sane, freedom loving,
fiscally responsible, Bill of Right respecting Drug Law reform.:thumbsup:

Thanks for the thread, dysfunctional press.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 05:08 PM
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13. That's all fine and dandy
But if you are sick,you generally can't afford the license fee let alone the pot. I live in Denver and I find that you are better off just demanding a jury trial when you get caught,then paying 100.00 or whatever a year for the permit. They will drop the charges....always...
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abq e streeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 05:22 PM
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16. a slippery slope; 1st this , next it'll be people giggling inexplicably while watching teletubbies
Edited on Wed Mar-04-09 05:25 PM by abq e streeter
in their living rooms...but seriously, I hope and pray some sanity and compassion is starting to take hold regarding allowing people to alleviate pain and suffering without worrying about DEA goons arresting them.
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 07:24 PM
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28. people giggling inexplicably while watching teletubbies
Better that than getting all serious-like over Fox News.
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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 05:23 PM
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17. Sweet. nt
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bluesmail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 05:59 PM
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18. One state at a time and one stage at a time.
Eventually it will be legal like alcohol and nicotine (ick).
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Christa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 06:00 PM
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19. K & R
:smoke:

Pass the Dutchie :hi:
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jb5150 Donating Member (213 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 06:13 PM
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22. But only
On the left hand side............:)
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Christa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 09:07 AM
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32. Here you go
:pals: :smoke:
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RadiationTherapy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 06:10 PM
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21. Success.
Continue!
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 06:17 PM
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23. Bravo!
:applause:
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 06:40 PM
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24. Good going, Illinois!
We FINALLY got the Feds off our backs, regarding
the MM dispensaries. No More Raids!
Thank you, Eric Holder.

This is great, hopefully more states will join in soon.

We need to legalize pot, PERIOD!


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NM Independent Donating Member (794 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 06:51 PM
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25. Outstanding. Yes We Cannabis. n/t
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Oldenuff Donating Member (442 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 07:21 PM
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26. Thats great news for

Ill patients in Illinois,and good news for MMJ patients everywhere.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 08:13 PM
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30. this is one chronic pain patient who 'd love to get his chronic legally for a change.
i hope they get moving on the legislation- and i really hope it can come to pass.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 10:56 PM
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31. Great ..!
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 09:46 AM
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33. K&R
:smoke:
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:13 PM
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35. Brilliant!
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