By a vote of 11-4, Illinois’s House Human Services Committee approved HB 01, to legalize medical marijuana in the state. The bill is now up for consideration of a full House vote, where its passage would send it to the Senate.
The measure would authorize the Department of Public Health to issue licenses to qualifying patients who receive a recommendation from a doctor. Those who do would be able to legally possess up to 2.5 ounces in a 14 day period, and cannabis cultivation and distribution centers would be authorized for qualifying patients to obtain their medicine.
If passed, HB 01 would make Illinois the 19th state in the country to legalize cannabis for medical purposes.
According to polling released just last month, only 32% of residents in Illinois oppose such a move.