State Rep. Lou Lang hopes to call his medical marijuana bill in the coming weeks. (Photo courtesy eggrole/flickr)
By Paul Morello
BLOOMINGTON - The sponsor of a medical marijuana bill said Friday the bill isn't aimed at making the state a profit center for pot.
Instead, Democratic state Rep. Lou Lang told WJBC the bill is about giving sick people a better quality of life.
"There are a lot of people in Illinois that we should not make criminals just because thay want to feel better and take this product under a doctor's care. Let's remember this bill requires that a doctor be involved," Lang said.
Lang didn't call the bill for a vote this week because he didn't want it to fail, but thinks he's close to having the 60 votes needed for passage.
The proposal is for a three-year pilot program that would allow patients who are diagnosed with certain conditions to obtain a limited amount of marijuana every two weeks.
Lang believes if the legislation passed, it would be one of the strictest medical marijuana laws in the country.
"If it were to become the law in Illinois, of the then twenty states that have medical marijuana, this law would become the model for everything," Lang said.
Lang could try to call the bill when lawmakers meet in early December.
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