Senate committee approves proposal allowing for medical marijuana use

May 9, 2013

An Illinois Senate committee has approved a proposal that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The Senate Executive Committee voted ten to five Wednesday to send the measure to the full Senate. The proposal allows physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients who have been diagnosed with certain medical conditions. Democratic Senator Bill Haine, from Alton, says marijuana can relieve continual pain without causing the harmful side effects of some prescription drugs.

"There was an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch two weeks ago about the tremendous blight on the street of OxyContin -- that's taken by grandchildren from grandparents' medicine cabinets."

The measure creates a pilot program that limits the frequency and amount of marijuana patients can buy. Medical marijuana consumers automatically consent to submit themselves to a field sobriety test should a police officer suspect they were driving under the influence of the drug. Opponents say the test works for alcohol but not marijuana.