SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTHI) - A bill moving through the Illinois' house would legalize marijuana for medical use. But some house members think the proposed rule will go up in smoke; including one right here in the Wabash Valley.
The official name is the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. In simple terms, Illinois' House Bill 1 would legalize marijuana for patients suffering from a quote "debilitating medical condition."
The bill passed the Illinois house 61 to 57 according to a source within the capital. This would not be a blanket legalization of the drug.
The bill is written so that physicians could prescribe up to 2.5 ounces of useable marijuana in a two week period.
What you may find interesting is that right now according to Illinois law possessing 2.5 ounces of marijuana is a 25-thousand dollar fine; as well as up to three years in prison.
Local representative Brad Halbrook said he voted against the bill.
"I guess my things is on the surface I'm just opposed to it," Halbrook explained Wednesday. "The biggest issue is there is really no road side check to see if it's in your system or not. Whereas with alcohol, there is a real simple test that's widely accepted. "
House Bill One will have to now pass the senate to become law. Governor Pat Quinn also came out Wednesday and said he is open minded to legalizing the drug for medicinal purposes.
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