HaineFloorShot7SPRINGFIELD, IL – Medical marijuana is one step closer to becoming law following an Illinois Senate Executive Committee hearing.

The proposed legislation, House Bill 1, creates a four year pilot program where qualified patients can be prescribed marijuana as a treatment for specific aliments. The program creates a system of 22 state-regulated growers and 60 licensed dispensaries.

“Patients are one step closer to having a safe, legal way to ease their suffering,” State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) said. “I am optimistic that the rest of the Senate will see this measured, reasonable proposal as a compassionate solution.”

The plan restricts the use of marijuana in the presence of minors, in vehicles and in public especially near school grounds. Safeguards include a doctor’s written certification, registered patient photo identification cards and an electronic verification system.

Medical marijuana must now be passed by the Senate and signed by the governor in order to become law. This proposal was passed by the House April 17.

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