SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Looks like a sure bet

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013

* Hallelujah

After years of rejecting plans to legalize medical marijuana, the House narrowly approved House Bill 1 on a 61-57 vote today. The measure now advances to the Senate. If it passes that chamber, Gov. Pat Quinn said he would be “open minded” but would not commit to signing the bill.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, said stricter restrictions in the current measure helped to persuade some representatives who had not voted for legalization in the past. “This is not about getting high,” Lang said. The measure was designed to “better provide health care to people who desperately need this product,” he said. Lang told the House his priority was to assist patients in chronic pain. “I know every single one of you has compassion in your heart,” he said. “This is the day to show it.”

The measure would implement a four-year pilot program legalizing medical marijuana from 2014 through 2018. Patients at least 18 years old applying for a medical marijuana card through the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) would have to prove they have one of 33 serious or chronic conditions specifically listed in the bill, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease or cancer. IDPH is authorized to add to the list in the future. Applicants must show they have an established relationship with their doctor who approves the use, and they would have to submit medical records for verification. Both patients and their caregivers, who must be 21 or older, would be subject to background checks. If a patient’s or caregiver’s card is revoked, he or she would not be allowed to reapply for a new one later. […]

Rep. David Harris, an Arlington Heights Republican, said he was satisfied the bill was regulated “from seed to sale” and voted for it. Several supporters during the floor debate cited people they knew who could have benefited from access to medical marijuana.

* Passage was never completely assured, so the debate mattered

With her voice breaking, Rep. JoAnn Osmond, R-Antioch, told colleagues she opposed a similar measure in the past but changed her mind because of an ill friend and his wife who spent time at Osmond’s home while the man battled chronic pain tied to complications from cancer.

Osmond would not let him use marijuana in her house. Now, two years since his death, she said she wonders about her decision because he was in a daze from a painkiller prescription that “made him extremely sick, very sick.”

North Side Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy told colleagues the story of a brother-in-law who suffers from terminal cancer and “would not be with us if not for making use of cannabis.” Pain pills were “sucking the life out of him,” but now he and her sister can “enjoy what will be his last days,” she said.

“My sister and my brother-in-law, who I love dearly, are able to make the best of an absolutely horrific situation as a result of this product,” Cassidy said.

Rep. Deb Mell, D-Chicago, said she has taken medicine for pain since having a mastectomy in August and can relate to the suffering. “There’s a real panic that comes in because it’s like, ‘I can’t live with this pain, but I can’t keep taking these pills,’” she said.

Rep. Lang mostly kept his cool during the debate, and that was important because Lou can be off-putting at times.

* On to the Senate

It’s unclear how it might fare when it gets to the state Senate. The narrow House vote shows how politically tricky the issue can be.

State Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat, said he’d favor the plan. But others appeared more hesitant and wanted time to review what the House did.

“It definitely needs to be regulated correctly,” said state Sen. Tom Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat

Gov. Pat Quinn said he’s “open-minded on that. I think we’ll watch what the legislature does today.”.

The Senate has already passed a much less stringent med-mar bill, so passage should be much easier than in the House. Sen. Cullerton is a DuPage County freshman Democrat, so he is just watching his own back. However, polling shows this is overwhelmingly favored by Illinois voters. Lang said during debate that the proponents had polled several House districts and not one of them was under 60 percent in favor, including GOP districts.

* Quinn despises Rep. Lang and Sen. Link (lots of gaming expansion fights), but he will likely be for it in the end as well

Quinn on Wednesday said the bill’s sponsor hasn’t reached out to him to build support on the measure.

The Democratic governor said he was recently visited by a veteran suffering from war founds who was helped by the medical use of marijuana. Quinn said he was “impressed by his heartfelt feeling” on the issue.

“I’m certainly open-minded to it,” he said.

* The roll call bounced around a lot

* Related…

* Final roll call

* VIDEO: State Rep Mike Bost: Medical marijuana today, legalized marijuana next

- Posted by Rich Miller        


18 Comments
  1. - Amalia - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 10:13 am:

    “…from seed to sale….” awesome. congrats Lou Lang. Vote on, State Senators. it’s time.


  2. - wordslinger - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 10:16 am:

    Painkillers can be a truly a nasty addiction — serious mind-blowing drugs.

    Anyone who wants to smoke weed to kick painkillers is trying to be less stoned, not more.


  3. - David Lawson - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 10:27 am:

    I suffer from chronic pain that is ever worsening and periodically upping and changing pain medications on advice of my doctors is taking its toll.

    I’d like the option, but could not until Federal policy towards it would not strip my right to defend myself.


  4. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 10:32 am:

    Congrats, Leader Lou. We all probably know someone who
    could be helped by this bill.


  5. - RonOglesby - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 10:33 am:

    About time. Banning something outright that has a medical use just because it has a recreational use also is silly. We should ban all pain killers then right?

    This is a good move.


  6. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 10:38 am:

    My mom had to rely on her friend’s teenage son to get some marijuana for her when she was dying of cancer. Thanks to Lou Lang and everyone else who voted for this, patients won’t have to risk criminal sanctions for themselves or their suppliers when they seek relief from pain and the suffering that comes with cancer treatment.


  7. - Just Me - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 10:39 am:

    I am so tired of Quinn. He is upset the sponsor hasn’t reached out to him, but on another matter with the same sponsor his attitude was to wait and see what the legislature does and then decide. Make up your mind. Get a floor leader, make some relationships. BE A GOVERNOR!!!


  8. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 11:03 am:

    I also congratulate and thank everyone who voted for this bill, especially those who changed their votes because they see how MMJ could help very sick people.

    If it passes, like it should, I hope it works for Illinois, and I hope in the future the state eases its restrictions. I think the fingerprinting part is too extreme. Patients don’t need to get fingerprinted for lethal pain killers. They don’t need to be treated like quasi-criminals to get MMJ, but I understand that we are very cautious and just dipping our toes in the water instead of taking a bigger plunge.


  9. - UpTownNORMAL - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 11:07 am:

    Yawn. Illinois needs a recreational use bill.


  10. - B. Hicks - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 11:15 am:

    What is the difference between medical marijuana and medically prescribed opiates. I’d be willing to bet that weed is a little easier to kick than morphine and methadone.


  11. - wizard - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 11:48 am:

    a lady in our community is/was addicted to pain killers to the degree she committed repeated burgleries to obtain them spent time in jail is somewhat clean. is truly a nice person maybe this can help her if it passes.


  12. - danlinn - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 12:24 pm:

    Thanks for your coverage and comments on this issue Rich and to all Capfax commenters


  13. - b - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 4:15 pm:

    agreed, up town. until the drug war is over, or i should say, changed to one of treatment over incarceration, the shackles of this war which bind our society will never broken.


  14. - mokenavince - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 5:10 pm:

    Legalize it, Tax it, and make it a ticketed offense if used out side of the home. We are in the 21st century not the early 20th.


  15. - Just The Way It Is One - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 5:39 pm:

    I didn’t have a heart attack when CapFax proclaimed the News and razor-thin margin–I was just so relieved and joyous for something truly GOOD coming out of Springield, but I thought I would…!


  16. - j.knell - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 7:36 pm:

    Pass this bill to help the seriously ill. Then pass a general decriminalization because we can afford the luxury of pot prohibition anymore. Take a bit out of violent crime at the same time.


  17. - CarrollCounty - Thursday, Apr 18, 13 @ 10:50 pm:

    Great news for a change.


  18. - Northern Light - Friday, Apr 19, 13 @ 2:40 am:

    Great news from courageous legislators. This is way overdue. Marijuana is less harmful than aspirin. The legislative culture in Springfield is steeped in alcohol. I wonder how some of these legislators voting no would have voted if they had actually smoked pot. A victory for sick people and a monumental movement forward for Illinois.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Progress Illinois on the brink of extinction
* Thursday afternoon Oscar the Puppy break
* Question of the day
* "Manning" bill clears Senate
* Quinn appears to brush aside Rauner request for hiring freeze
* Government job cuts, weak private sector job growth in new report
* Uber is apparent big winner
* Today's quotable
* Red light cameras win by default
* Can you please help me figure this out?
* Today's most valuable lesson
* Minimum wage gains momentum in Senate, loses steam in House
* Understatement of the week
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Veto session news could be dwarfed today
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Frerichs declares victory in treasurer's race
* Duckworth announces new arrival
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Nexus 4 on Lollipop gets its LTE restored, thanks to helpful devs
        * Just how much carrier meddling is there on the Nexus 6?
        * New Qualcomm LTE Multimode modem capable of 450Mbps
        * The Week in iOS Apps: Honk for roadside assistance!
        * Save big on the NES30 Bluetooth controller, touchscreen gloves, LithiumCard, and Doxie Go
        * Business are reportedly gravitating towards Windows Phone
        * Pebble releases new watch firmware, updated Android, iOS apps

        * The Streets of NY Home Screen
        * Evernote for Mac Updated with Sleeker Design and Performance Features
        * Adidas Brings Shoe Printing Services Stateside
        * Google And Rockstar Consortium To End Legal Dispute
        * 16GB iPhone 6 Plus Sees Improved Estimated Shipping Times
        * Leaked document suggests Uber wanted to “weaponize” taxi research
        * These Are the Highest Paying Programming Skills to Have on Your Resume

        * Sox add five to 40-man roster, DFA Ronald Belisario, outright Jared...
        * Sox protect four from Rule 5 Draft
        * White Sox Charities continue to make positive impact
        * Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League
        * The White Sox' hot stove rumors keep on growing
        * Saladino brings singular focus to recovery
        * White Sox bet new Zach Duke is here to stay

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Quinn gets controversial firefighter staffing p.....
        * Drivers will pay $1.90 to travel 10-mile stretc.....
        * Drivers will pay $1.90 to travel 10-mile Elgin-.....
        * Elgin objects to minimum manning for firefighte.....
        * To grow Illinois jobs, fix the tax code - Chica.....
        * Rauner: Illinois' finances 'stunningly bad' - K.....
        * Illinois Senate: Make tollway speed limit 70 mp.....
        * Gov.-elect Rauner calls on Quinn to freeze hiri.....
        * Key lawmakers agree to work on ride-share regul.....
        * Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner calls on Pat Q.....


        * Rauner wants hiring freeze; other issues on hold
        * Green light for Illinois red-light camera law
        * Judge to rule Friday on Illinois pension law
        * Cullerton: Ill. Gov.-elect given 'first victory'
        * Mount Pleasant police say woman beaten has died
        * Survey suggests economy still slow in rural areas
        * House Democrat: Wait on Lincoln Library decision
        * Ex-Marine pleads not guilty in slayings of 2 girls
        * DeKalb woman accused of boy's death fit for trial
        * Man pleads not guilty in 2005 Illinois slayings

        * Judge: Pension ruling to come Friday
        * Rauner mum on fixes for ‘dire’ state finances
        * Judge to hear pension law arguments today
        * Split court: Illinois red-light camera law stands
        * Lawmaker seeks background checks for ridesharing drivers
        * Retired state workers seek return of health care premiums
        * Frerichs says he’s ‘treasurer for all’ after slim win
        * Frerichs says he's 'treasurer for all' after slim win
        * Altered Illinois minimum wage proposal: $10 starting in July
        * Cross concedes state treasurer’s race to Frerichs

        * Obama promises reprieve from deportations, tougher enforcement
        * Hertz hires ex-United COO Tague, spurning investor favorite
        * Presents perfect
        * Illinois unemployment rate unchanged in October
        * Chicago viewing party planned for Obama's speech


        * As prisons swell, llinois needs wiser policies
        * Obama to shield 5 million immigrants; Republicans ready to attack: Sweet
        * Chicago transit ridership down for second year in a row
        * out-of-power comet  lander deserves praise
        * Chicago on cusp of election that matters
        * 1 man killed, 3 seriously injured in Humboldt Park shooting
        * In praise of that out-of-power comet lander
        * NFL passes 1st big test
        * Let gov’s veto on ride sharing rules stand
        * Chicago is on cusp of having election that matters


        * Drivers will pay $1.90 to travel 10-mile stretch of Elgin-O'Hare tollway
        * Man charged with murder after hatchet attack on estranged wife in Wisconsin
        * Teachers union, advocates protest and ask CPS to act on costly borrowing
        * Convicted killer Torrez pleads not guilty in Zion slayings
        * 4 released from hospitals after home fills with 'lethal' level of carbon monoxide
        * North Shore 'Jeopardy!' champ has rough 1st day of finals, still could win
        * Palatine High School runner struck, severely injured
        * Chicago Park District to hike program fees and parking rates in 2015
        * Police search for man who attempted to rob Tinley Park bank


        * Alderman says police overtime is main reason he voted against mayor's budget
        * Cullerton: State Income Tax Hike Won't Be Extended Before New Governor Takes Over
        * Pension Ruling Imminent
        * New Efforts To Track Antibiotic Resistance
        * Medical Marijuana Licenses Could Be Issued Before Year's End
        * Fumée Gypsy Project Plays At WUIS
        * Computers Down At DMVs Statewide
        * RAW TAPE: Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner's First Statehouse News Conference
        * RAW TAPE: Bruce Rauner's First Statehouse News Conference
        * Let's Talk Kids - "Love Is Love"


        * Judge: Pension ruling to come Friday
        * Rauner mum on fixes for ‘dire’ state finances
        * Split court: Illinois red-light camera law stands
        * Lawmaker seeks background checks for ridesharing drivers
        * Retired state workers seek return of health care premiums
        * Our Opinion: A reminder that every vote counts
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Adaire jumps into Ward 2 aldermanic race
        * Eugene Robinson: Boehner’s stall on immigration
        * George Will: Using a bludgeon in Wisconsin
        * Bob Gallo: Secure Choice law is a win-win-win for Illinois


        * LIVE! Memphis
        *
        * Preseason Top 5: No. 4 ALAH
        * Part of Jefferson St. to close Friday
        * Donations needed for Santa's Gift House
        * SportsTalk 11-20-14
        * Humility of Mary Housing, Shelter announces community donation challenge
        * The American Grill opens in Belleville
        * Carolyn Crider
        * Boy Scouts' trivia night set Saturday in Murphysboro


        * NSA Director: China can damage US power grid
        * Some in NSA warned of a backlash
        * Obama to spare 5 million from deportation
        * Quinn gets controversial firefighter staffing plan
        * Bartlett-Streamwood looking to make some history

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Immigration debate may entangle spending b......
        * Immigration debate may entangle spending b......
        * Immigration debate may entangle spending b......
        * More Light Needed on Revolving Door...
        * More Light Needed on Revolving Door...

        * Lake Huron Radioactive Waste Dump Proposal......
        * Lake Huron Radioactive Waste Dump Should b......
        * Republicans Warn Obama Not To “Circumvent”......

        * Guest post: Hinsdale 86. Just when you think it is safe to go back in the water.
        * Senator Manar’s SB 16 will die January 13th. For the time being.
        * Somos todos Ayotzinapa. Chicago.
        * Tomorrow’s court ruling. Clarification from IEA General Counsel Mitch Roth.
        * #CTAfail = TWO groups of bunched buses in a row!
        * 4520 Beacon Status Check, Part Two
        * Chicago City Council Passes Emanuel's 2015 Budget; Four Aldermen Object
        * Poll: American Views On Immigration Trend In Positive Direction
        * Rauner taps Obamacare navigators for his transition team
        * Oberweis leads override of Quinn's speed-limit veto


        * Illinois Residents Asked to Put the Tobacco Down - Support the Great American Smokeout – November 20
        * Governor Quinn Statement on Selection of New University of Illinois President
        * Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Committee Passage of Minimum Wage Legislation
        * Governor Quinn Statement on the Installation of Archbishop Blase Cupich
        * Legion Chaplain, Air Force Veteran Honored with the Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller