Illinois’ House of Representatives approved legislation on April 17, that would allow people with serious illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and multiple sclerosis to use marijuana for medical purposes with a doctors’ approval. The bill will now be sent to the Senate.
House Bill 1 would allow Illinois residents with qualifying medical conditions to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. The patients would be able to get the medical marijuana from one of the 60 dispensing centers to be regulated by the Illinois Department of Licensing and Professional Regulation. Illinois’ medical marijuana would be cultivated by 22 cultivation centers, which would consist of one per state police district and be regulated by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.