Illinois Senate approves medical marijuana bill

(AP)—Medical marijuana use in Illinois is now in Gov. Pat Quinn's hands after the state Senate approved legislation.

Lawmakers voted 35-21 Friday to send the measure to Quinn for final approval. Quinn hasn't signaled whether he will sign it into law.

The proposal allows physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with specific or debilitating medical conditions. Cancer, multiple sclerosis and HIV are among the 33 illnesses listed in the bill.

The measure gives a framework for a four-year pilot program that includes requiring patients and caregivers to undergo background checks.

Supporters say marijuana can relieve continual pain without triggering the detrimental side effects of other . Opponents say the program could encourage the recreational use of marijuana especially among teenagers.

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tjcoop3
not rated yet May 20, 2013
"Opponents say the program could encourage the recreational use of marijuana especially among teenagers."
Several recent studies have completely shown this speculative notion to be untrue and baseless. In fact, the studies actually show that recreational use among teens in states that have medical marijuana laws goes down. BAM!!