A house committee this past week approved House Bill 1, which, if passed, would make medical marijuana legal in Illinois.
The Illinois House and Human Services Committee approved 11-4 Wednesday a bill that could make medical marijuana legal in the state, the Associated Press reports. The bill will now move onto the full House for a vote, according to the AP. The House has denied similar legislation in the past. The current legislation would allow patients over 18 years old and suffering from specified illnesses and conditions to obtain marijuana, according to the Huffington Post. There are currently 18 states—as well as Washington, D.C.— that allow medical marijuana
Painting it as a bill about health care, not drug use, state Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), who has advocated for the bill for years, said, "Nobody should fear the bill."
Illinois House leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) has been pushing two controversial bills over the last two decades: the expansion of Illinois gaming and the legalization of medical marijuana. Whenever asked about the possibility of Illinois becoming the nineteenth state to legalize the green leafy substance, Lang is always optimistic. Two years ago, he told Skokie Patch that he only needed to secure "two or three" votes to pass the bill. Obviously, that never came to fruition. However, other states have recently passed similar bills and Lang is hoping Illinois can become the next state to ride the green wave, saying he wants to help those who can seriously benefit, medically speaking, from the drug. Recently, Massachusetts and the District of …