Key vote today on Illinois medical marijuana bill

March 01, 2004

Steve Grzanich, WBBM newsradio 780

(Chicago) -- Illinois lawmakers take a key vote today on a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use. The House Healthcare Availability and Access Committee will hear testimony then decide whether to advance the measure to the full General Assembly. LISTEN HERE

Jim Pickett of Chicago smoked marijuana daily for two years to combat side effects of AIDS medications.

Pickett says people – very sick people – should not be called criminals for using a substance that helps keep them alive.

Medical marijuana is legal in ten states. Illinois is among a handful of additional states where debate on similar legislation is under way.

The medical Marijuana Bill on the table in Springfield was introduced by state representative Larry Mckeon of Chicago – an openly gay legislator -- and has won the endorsement of the both the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.

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