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Illinois House Passes Medical Cannabis Bill HB1 61-57

US state are increasingly passing new marijuana laws.

Illinois House passes marijuana law
Courtesy: Marijuana Policy Project

(SPRINGFIELD) - Big news from Springfield, the Illinois House voted a few hours ago, 61-57, to pass HB1, the Illinois Medical Cannabis bill.

NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) expresses their thanks to Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie) and all the other co-sponsors for all their hard work over the last several years to get this bill passed through the House.

They also expressed gratitude to everyone who has helped support Illinois NORML as they've worked to pass this bill. NORML closed by stating, "Let's go to the Senate!"

Another group with a big role in the emerging cannabis movement, Marijuana Policy Project, reported today:

    House Bill 1, sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), would allow Illinois residents with certain medical conditions to possess up to two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana, which they would be able to access from one of up to 60 dispensing centers regulated by the Illinois Department of Licensing and Professional Regulation. Marijuana would be grown by one of up to 22 cultivation centers, one per state police district, regulated by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

    We’re very excited about today’s victory, but the fight is far from over. The bill now heads to the state Senate. If you live in Illinois, please contact your senator now and urge him or her to vote “yes” on HB 1.

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