• Medical marijuana passes House committee

    by  • March 7, 2013 • News

    A bill allowing medical marijuana use passed an Illinois House committee Wednesday and will be heard on the House floor. pot+leaf

    State Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie democrat, proposes restrictions on who can and cannot use medical marijuana, saying if a person doesn’t have one of the 33 named diseases or issues, they can’t get the card.

    Ralph Rivera of the Illinois Family Institute says families are concerned about their children using marijuana.

    According to Rivera, 12- to 17-year-olds are all above the national average that are using marijuana in states that already have medical marijuana laws.

    State Rep. Mary Flowers a Chicago democrat says there is a bigger issue than medical marijuana. Flowers says her biggest concern is the legal drugs people are given, the side effects of the legal drugs, and how some of these people become hooked on the legal drugs, can’t get off them, can’t afford it and then die.

    House bill 1 passed the house human services committee.