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Medical marijuana bill passes IL House committee

By Arnold Wyrick

For the first time in the history of the state of Illinois legislators passed a medical marijuana legalization proposal.  Members of the Human Services Committee passed the measure Wednesday with a 4-3 vote.

If the proposed legislation becomes law it would allow a person, who is diagnosed by a medical professional with a debilitating illness, or a person's caregiver to possess up to seven dried cannabis plants and two ounces of dried marijuana.

"I wouldn't agree with it.  If it's illegal it's illegal.  If it's legal it's legal; it ought not be one or the other," said Larry Munton of Alto Pass, Illinois.

Students on the Southern Illinois University campus also had plenty to say about the measure.

"I don't think we're educated enough on the issue," said Madison Presswood, a student at SIU.  "I think we need to be better informed to make a judgment."

"Medical marijuana is used to help relieve some of the side affects of cancer treatment and other illnesses.  However, I feel that medical marijuana shouldn't be legalized," said Keith Jacobs, a student at SIU.

Currently 14 states in the nation have legalized the use and/or possession of medical marijuana.  If Illinois passes the current proposal it would be the 15th state in the country to do so.

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