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by Sativa Galore
SPRINGFIELD, IL — Medical marijuana in Illinois could become a reality this week as lawmakers reconvene at the state house to decide several hot issues before the end of the year.
Skokie Democrat Rep. Lou Lang, sponsor of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, said he is closing in on enough votes in the House to pass the bill, which would create a three year medical marijuana trail program in the state. If passed, qualified patients would be allowed to buy and use up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis during a two-week period.
Rep. Lang says he estimates that his bill is at or near the 60 votes needed for approval of a three-year trial medical marijuana program.
Earlier this month, Rep. Lang told the Northwest Indiana Times this month that 92 of his House colleagues have said they hope to see the bill pass, but are hesitant to publicly vote in its favor due to political reasons.
But now that the election is behind them, Lang believes lawmakers will act in favor of his bill.
“If members vote their consciences, I’ll have the votes,” said Lang. ”This is without any question the tightest and most highly regulated medical marijuana bill ever written in this country.”
The medical marijuana bill is one of several pieces of high-profile legislation that could come up as the General Assembly returns to the Capitol on Tuesday for the annual fall session.
Medical marijuana is allowed in 18 states and the District of Columbia.