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Marijuana Legalization: Illinois Is The 20th State To Legalize But…

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Marijuana legislation was passed in the Illinois House on Wednesday by a 61-57 vote to permit a four-year pilot program to allow for the legal use of medical marijuana under extremely strict controls.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Illinois is now the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana. USA Today believes it’s the 20th such state, noting that New Hampshire’s governor signed medical marijuana legalization last week.

Either way, the new Illinois marijuana law — which goes into effect on January 1 — will have extremely tough provisions to prevent the herb from falling into the hands of recreational users.

The medical marijuana will be produced at 22 centers under 24 hour surveillance and distributed at 60 state-run outlets. There are over 30 serious conditions for which the doctors can prescribe the drug to a patient.

The doctor can’t prescribe marijuana to a new patient or more than 2.5 ounces a week even to an ongoing patient.

And patients will be fingerprinted and asked to go through a background check.

The new Illinois law stands in stark contrast to Uruguay’s announcement that marijuana legalization had leaped over a huge hurdle in the small South American nation. On Wednesday night, their lower house of Congress voted 50-46 to pass a very liberal law supported by the nation’s President José Mujica.

Uruguay’s law is expected to pass its upper house in months.

Possession of marijuana has already been legal there since 2000. But the new law will allow for the legal sale and growing of the herb.

When the law is enabled, Uruguayan marijuana consumers will have multiple options for legal recreational and medical use. They can join small growing clubs, grow their own, or legally purchase up to 40 grams a month in licensed outlets.

By contrast, the new law in Illinois will provide some limited options to medical marijuana users but still won’t protect recreational users from the long art of the law.

But it’s still an encouraging trend for those who believe that public policy is better served by legalizing marijuana.

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10 Responses to “Marijuana Legalization: Illinois Is The 20th State To Legalize But…”

  1. Wayne Guillory

    Isn't so hypercritical that these same fools that are promoting the legalization and use of Marijuana are the same.
    (A)$$holes that are pushing to ban cigarette smoking!
    What a bunch of moronic idiots.

  2. Brian Kelly B Bizzle

    How about we let adult, taxpaying citizens choose for themselves if they wish to consume marijuana, alcohol,or cigarettes without relying on the Federal Government to decide what we should and shouldn't do?

    Oh wait a minute. Hum, alcohol and cigarettes, which ARE FAR MORE HARMFUL than Marijuana, are already legal. Let's end this hypocrisy now.

    As a whole, they Majority of people who want Marijuana Legalized do not want to ban cigarette smoking or anything else. They want more Freedom of Choice. It's the prohibitionists that want to "prohibit" people from choosing for themselves,and spread propaganda, blaming marijuana and it's supporters for all of societies ills. (While sipping their extra dirty Martini's.)

  3. Jon Stevens

    Hahah Good job Tulane.. Cigarettes contain things like Ammonia, that are put there on purpose.. MJ Does not.. seems like you're the moron.

  4. Bob Hicks

    The new Ill-Annoy Law is all just Window Dressing, Smoke & Mirrors, intended to show the Democrats as caring compassionate people for the 2014 State Elections, nothing will ever come of this law, just like nothing ever came from it the LAST TIME we passed this law back in 1976 and it was put in the hands of the Dept. of Human Health Services and the IL. State Police, neither agency moved an inch to implement the new law, and merely pointed their fingers at each other when asked why they hadn't acted…They think we're ALL morons, but some of us have been watching this for a very long time…I won't be fooled again!

  5. Mike Greer

    Legalize it already! I haven't smoked in about 20 years, but come on man! You'll got to jail for a joint and yet you can go in any liquor store and buy a 5th of wild turkey 151? And the tax money would put us on the path to financial righteousness!

  6. Chris O'Hara

    And a real moronic idiot really believes they have to smoke it…..a true moron doesnt know any other way that the vast majority of medical patients use it……

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