A measure to legalize medical marijuana, which has already passed the Illinois full House of Representatives, was approved today by a key Senate committee. The Senate Executive Committee voted 10-5 to approve HB1, which would authorize qualified patients to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, which they would obtain through one of sixty state-licensed dispensaries in the state.
In April, over 200 physicians in the state signed on to a resolution urging lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana, which is something that recent polling has shown is supported by 63% of the state’s residents.
The measure now moves towards a full Senate vote. If it clears the Senate, it’ll go to the governor for final consideration. He recently stated that he was “open minded” about legalizing medical marijuana, indicating it unlikely that he would veto the measure.
If approved, Illinois would become the 20th state to legalize some form of medical marijuana.