Lawmakers could take action on medical marijuana legislation during this week's veto session if supporters can secure enough votes for passage. (Photo courtesy flickr)
By Nick Gale
SPRINGFIELD - As some lawmakers continue to muster support for medical marijuana in Illinois, the issue may not come to the floor this Veto Session.
State Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) isn’t sure where the medical marijuana legislation is headed. “I haven’t gotten the sense that there is [action to move a bill] in the Senate,”Murphy said. He says there are still some questions yet to be answered and believes the bill won’t be called for a vote before the spring.
But even if medical marijuana was approved, it still contradicts federal marijuana laws. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says therein lies the issue.
“The federal government still considers marijuana to be an illegal controlled substance, and if that’s the case, there’s still some conflict,” Madigan says. She says when she was sworn into office she promised to uphold both state and federal laws.
“That’s conflict in terms of law enforcement,” Madigan said.