Lang Hopefull on Illinois Medical Marijuana Approval

(Springfield, IL) — The Illinois medical marijuana bill did not come to a vote in the Illinois House before Illinois General Assembly’s spring legislative deadline expired on May 31, but House sponsor State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) remains hopeful.

The legislation, Senate Bill 1381, passed both the Senate 30-28 and the House Human Services Committee 4-3

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), left, State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie)

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), left, State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie)

last week, but still lacked enough votes in the full House.

“Although (the) top priority was the tax bill, I think the time has come for Illinois to enact a medical marijuana law. We just need to shore up a few votes before calling this bill to the floor,” said Lang, a Deputy Majority Leader and chief House sponsor of the plan.

State Senator William Haine (D-Alton) sponsored the bill in the Senate.

“It was dramatic that the bill got out of the Senate,” Haine said in an interview with the Alton Telegraph. “We had a busy spring. This bill was one of hundreds. It had one of the highest profiles because it surrounded the whole debate on drugs and marijuana and came with a lot of baggage.”

Lawmakers retun to Springfield for the veto session in the fall.

Other legislative sponsors:

State Senators: Iris Martinez, Jeff Schoenberg, Donne Trotter, Kwame Raoul and Linda Holmes.

State Representatives: Angelo Saviano, John Fritchey, and Karen Yarbrough.

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2 Responses

  1. Thank you for advocating for the Illinois Office of Film and Entertainment. This region is bursting with incredible crew, talent, new music, and outstanding performers of all stripes. The musicians, industry entrepreneurs, retailers, and crew really appreciate Lou Lang’s active promotion of the local entertainment industry. Lou Lang Rocks!

  2. I suport your actions on sb 1381 ! I have been a suffer of MS for the last 12-13 yrs. I’ve been on copaxone as well as many other treatments. As time has progressed my health has continued to disinigrate. The medications currently availiable are very limited and very harmful to one’s health. I,m not sure marijuana is the answer but I’ts an option that is’nt available to others and myself with chronic dibilitating conditions. Please keep up the great work for me and others that have these limited options. Thanks again Troy M surf

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