The Illinois Senate approved on Friday a bill that would allow for a four year medical marijuana trial. People with certain illnesses would be able to get 2 1/2 ounces of the drug every two weeks. The measure is now being sent to Governor Pat Quinn for consideration.
Opponents argue it will lead people down the wrong path and cause them to become addicted to stronger drugs, like heroin, but supporters say the FDA has already approved pain meds that are highly addictive and not nearly as effective as pot. One of those supporters is State Senator Bill Haine of Alton, who supported the bill. He reminds marijuana was placed on the schedule of controlled substances in 1937.
The bill passed 35-21. Those voting in favor included Haine and Bunker Hill Democrat Andy Manar. Those voting no included Republicans Sam McCann of Carlinville and Kyle McCarter of Lebanon.