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Sponsor: Medical marijuana bill gaining support

SPRINGFIELD — The sponsor of a bill that would allow marijuana use for medical purposes in Illinois says the measure is just "one or two" votes short of passage in the House.

Rep. Lou Lang told the Pekin Daily Times that he's close to getting the support he needs for the four-year pilot program. The Skokie Democrat's measure would allow patients with specific medical conditions to obtain marijuana.

Patients would be limited to 2.5 ounces every two weeks. Supporters say marijuana can relieve pain without the side effects of some prescription drugs.

Opponents include Anita Bedell of Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems. She says 2.5 ounces is "a huge amount" that would give patients an opportunity to sell what they don't use.

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The bill is HB1.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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