032013br0383SPRINGFIELD, IL – The debate over the legalization of medicinal marijuana now moves to the Senate. House members, led by Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie), voted 61-57 passing House Bill 1, moving it to the Senate.

Lang was joined by numerous representatives arguing for the passage of this measure. Representatives recounted stories of friends and family members who suffered from chronic pain and debilitating illnesses whose suffering could have been eased by access to medical marijuana.

“I am thrilled and honored by the compassionate support that my colleagues gave this bill,” Lang said. “This represents new hope for suffering patients and their caregivers and family members.”

Senator Bill Haine (D- Alton) is sponsoring the proposal as it moves to the Senate.

“Allowing limited and regulated access to medical marijuana is the compassionate thing to do; it is the right thing to do,” Haine said. “I have faith that my fellow senators will see that passing this legislation gives those in pain a safe and legal way of easing their suffering.”

Haine has sponsored legislation supporting medical marijuana in the past and looks forward to debating HB 1 in the Senate.

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