MARSHALL, Ill. (WTHI) - Business owner Marianne Morgan wishes medical marijuana would've been an option for her ailing mother.
"My mom just died and she had cancer," Morgan shared with News 10. "Because she was vomiting and then she had the diarrhea. And everything they gave her wasn't helping her! She wasn't eating."
Morgan owns and operates The Corner Bistro just off the square in Marshall, Ill, where she knows her dine-in customers will be talking about this once taboo topic; just like her late mother, Mary Snider, would've been reluctant to speak about the potential of using the drug.
"I had said something to her at one point in time and she goes, 'I couldn't do that!' But I think the longer it went on, if she would have survived longer -- I think we'd have had a better chance to get her to try it," Morgan added.
Acceptance appears to be growing. On Thursday, Illinois became the 20th state to legalize marijuana for pain management.
"Without this Bill, many of the people you see standing here, along with thousands of others around the state, were relying on things like oxycontin, and vicodin, and morphine and codeine," said State Representative Louis Lang, a Democrat from the state's 16th district.
Governor Pat Quinn called Thursday, the day the Bill passed, an important day "for healing."
"For helping people who are dealing with pain every day, often times very sever pain; pain from diseases that are very, very challenging to any human being," Quinn shared in a press conference.
Illinois' rules are among some of the strictest in the country.
For one, the state will not allow home-growing operations like more than a dozen other states do. Growing centers will be under 24-hour surveillance, and patients will only be prescribed 2.5 ounces every two weeks by a doctor with whom they've established a relationship.
Medical marijuana becomes legalized on January 1, 2014.
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