The bill would have allowed people suffering from chronic pain or nausea caused by certain debilitating conditions to be prescribed a potent dose of cannabis to alleviate the symptoms. It fell four votes short of passage.
The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, pledged to continue pushing toward legalizing the illicit herb. “I am going to continue to press on — on this particular piece of legislation, or some version of it — until I pass it,” Lang said. “Next year, the year after … I’m a young man. I’ll be here awhile.”
For Jaime Clayton, a Grafton man who has coped with AIDS for 22 years, approval of the measure has been “a long time coming.” He participated in a clinical trial of medical marijuana at the University of California San Francisco in 2002 and has been an advocate ever since. A study said trial participants enjoyed increased appetite and weight gain without weakening their immune systems.
“A little bit of relief, a little bit of compassion … that’s the selling point,” Clayton said.
The bill would have established a three-year pilot program for Illinois. Opponents say legalizing marijuana for medical purposes would send the wrong message to youth, potentially serving as a gateway drug.
via : STL Today
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