Story by 89 WLS Reporter Bill Cameron
(SPRINGFIELD) A big vote in Springfield this afternoon as the legislature sent the controversial medical marijuana bill to the governor.
The medical marijuana bill passed the state senate with five votes to spare. What it would do is allow a doctor to prescribe marijuana to patients suffering from one of the 33 diseases on a list to relieve pain.
During debate, chief sponsor Bill Haine, a downstate democrat, told Kyle McCarter, a downstate republican, the state would set the standard that would separate good pot from bad pot, but he didn’t know what that standard would be.
Haine: I don’t know! I’m a mere lawyer.
McCarter: We as a state can’t figure out a pension program. There are so many things we can’t do, but now we’re gonna develop the industry standards for growing pot nationwide?”
Nonetheless, the senate sent the bill to Governor Quinn who says he’s open-minded about medical marijuana.
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