The bill is aimed at legalizing medical marijuana, and has the support of approximately 20 of the 30 senators it needs to pass. Legislation pending in the Senate would allow people diagnosed with "debilitating'' medical conditions to legally possess up to 12 cannabis plants and as much as 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis.
The bill, sponsored by state Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, has passed committee and is awaiting a Senate floor vote. Additionally 40 religious leaders, from around the state, have submitted a letter which was distributed to all state senators supporting the legislation, on moral grounds, as a way to ease suffering. One of the clergy who signed the letter, Pastor Robert C. Morwell of Union United Methodist Church in Quincy, said he had never used marijuana nor had any desire to. "But I think it's a little silly to say we can prescribe morphine … and other drugs that are more addictive,'' but not marijuana, he said.(from ST. Louis Today POST-DISPATCH SPRINGFIELD BUREAU 04/21/2007 By Kevin McDermott)
I don't think I need to go in to all the benefits of medical marijuana here in this post. 12 States AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ME,NM, NV, OR, RI, VT and WA have already "seen the light" and passed medical marijuana laws, despite heavy handed tactics from the federal government to interfere with programs or to target users for federal prosecution. it's time for Cannabis to be "rescheduled" and taken off the illicit drugs list. There are hundreds of thousands of people in this country, who in one way or another, could be treating their conditions more safely, more effectively, and FOR LESS MONEY, if they had access to medical marijuana, and protection from federal