The campaign to continue the decriminalization of marijuana came to the Capitol. How is the rollout coming for the four-year pilot program for medical marijuana? “Very slow,” says Dan Linn, Illinois executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “We expected this to be about a year of bureaucracy and drafting the rules and regulations, which is good for the state in terms of making sure it’s being done very professionally … but it’s tragically inhumane for patients who are waiting to get access to this medicine to tell them it won’t be available for another year.”
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Recreational pot use is already legal in Colorado and Washington, and Linn says he is confident that it’s only a matter of time before Illinois make it legal as well.
Another thing to promote: industrial hemp. Linn’s display table included cereals, clothes and other items made from hemp, which some lawmakers, Linn says, are skittish to adopt because of its similarity to marijuana.