* A vote on medical marijuana could come as early as next Tuesday, but proponents are still a vote or three short, depending on whom you talk to…
Though Lang’s bill, House Bill 1, is just a few votes shy of approval, he said there’s still 10 to 12 undecided lawmakers with whom he continues to have discussions.
“When you have a controversial bill like this, sometimes it’s a moving target,” Lang said of the votes needed for passage. “There will be people who are leaning ‘yes,’ and the next day, maybe not so much. And some that were leaning ‘no’ are with you the next day.”
* From the list I’ve seen, just about every freshman target is off the bill, so I’m not buying this “I’m thinking about it” schtick…
Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, said Tuesday she’s still undecided.
“This is one where I feel it’s kind of a social issue, so I don’t think my own personal opinion (is a factor). I’m not voting just on who I am. I’m voting for my constituents,” Scherer said. “I’m just trying to keep my ears open.”
She’s listening mainly to House Democratic staff, who are telling targets to vote “No.”
* Anyway, Lang held a press conference yesterday…
For four years now, State Representative Lou Lang has made it his mission to get medical marijuana passed in the state of Illinois, but with no success.
On Tuesday, he again asked lawmakers to pass medical marijuana for the ones who need it most, the patients.
“Nineteen other states permit the use of medical marijuana, some of these states have it done it real well,” Lang said to the media inside the Capitol Rotunda.
Skokie State Representative Lou Lang wants Illinois to become number twenty, and he said they will do it the right way.
“This is an opportunity without any cost to the taxpayers at all to allow people who need a product to get it,” added Lang.
* Yesterday’s press event was designed to showcase the plight of medical marijuana users…
Jim Champion, an Army veteran from Somonauk who was diagnosed 25 years ago with multiple sclerosis, said before he started smoking marijuana, he took 54 prescription pills a day, including morphine and Valium, yet still suffered muscle spasms.
He started smoking marijuana and has been able to reduce his prescription drugs to 24 pills a day.
Paul Bachmann, a Plano resident diagnosed with multiple sclerosis six years ago, said even after taking several strong narcotics, Bachmann could not ease the pain and crippling muscle spasms that kept him up at night — until he tried medical marijuana.
Kali McCauley of Orland Hills was 13 when she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disease that causes internal bleeding, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Now 22, she said she has run out of medications to try, but marijuana eases some of her symptoms.
Jessica Bauer, a 27-year-old from Rockford with terminal pancreatic cancer, said smoking marijuana helped her regain weight and enough energy to play with her 5-year-old daughter.
And they’re all criminals under Illinois state law and could go to prison for what they’re doing.