* The House passed this bill 98-18…
Children who suffer from epilepsy would be able to use medical marijuana to treat their condition under legislation the House overwhelmingly approved today.
The measure would add epilepsy to the list of ailments treatable under the state’s medical marijuana program and specifically allow children to have access.
Sponsoring Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said the legislation creates a “path” that would help many children in need of relief from seizures. “This product is incredibly helpful for young children with epilepsy,” Lang said.
Lang received support from House Republican leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs. Durkin said he was skeptical at first, but he was convinced children would not become addicted.
* And check this out…
The GOP caucus was divided on the issue: 14 Republicans voted no; 32 voted yes.
Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, said while she’d be open to extending the current marijuana law to kids with epilepsy, she didn’t think it was wise to give the Department of Public Health the power to extend medicinal marijuana law to minors with other conditions.
“We’re giving them a lot of leeway to decide…what conditions this product could be used for, setting it up with the rulemakers and not just specifying that it’s only for epilepsy—which we know it helps epilepsy,” Ives said. “They’re going to have a lot of leeway here.”
But several Republicans supported Lang’s bill, including Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, and Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, who both initially voted against the medicinal marijuana law.
Rep. Ives says “we know it helps epilepsy.”
Man, that’s progress, even if she didn’t vote for it.
Can you imagine such a bill even being debated a few years ago? No way. Medical marijuana for children? You’d have been tarred and feathered and run outta town.
The roll call is here.