MEDICAL CANNABIS LEGISLATION REINTRODUCED IN ILLINOIS

Legislation that seeks to legalize the physician-supervised use of medical cannabis has been reintroduced in the Illinois legislature.House Bill 30, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, allows qualified patients to possess and grow cannabis for medical purposes.In the previous session, similar legislation was approved by the Senate but was narrowly defeated by the House.  House Bill 30 is now before the House Rules Committee.

Fifteen states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington —  and the District of Columbia have enacted laws protecting medical cannabis patients from state prosecution. There is no legitimate reason why Illinois patients should not enjoy these same legal protections.

Contact your state House member and tell them to support HB 30 by visiting NORML’s ‘Take Action’ Center http://www.capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=22584516

COUNTY DECRIMINALIZATION CAMPAIGN

We are asking all Illinois residents interested in helping to end cannabis prohibition to bring a decriminalization ordinance to their county board member.  This ordinance would allow county sheriffs and local police to write a $100 ticket to anyone with under 100 grams of cannabis.

A sample ordinance can be found at http://www.illinoisnorml.org/content/view/1099/29/

Thanks for supporting an end to cannabis prohibition.

Sincerely,

dan linn
Illinois NORML

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