Vote on medical marijuana could come this week

The sponsor of a plan that would legalize medical marijuana in Illinois says a vote in the House could come as soon as this week. Representative Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, says he expects to call the measure next week at the latest.

“It's not about people getting high. It's about making sure a 75-year old colon cancer patient who is terminal has an opportunity to live out her remaining years with a quality of life,” Lang says.

Lang says the proposal includes the "toughest" guidelines in the country. But that may not be enough to satisfy critics, who have killed Lang's previous efforts to legalize marijuana for medical use. Under Lang's measure, patients would need a note from a doctor detailing the condition being treated. They would not be allowed to buy directly from medical marijuana growers. Certified vendors would buy the marijuana from growers and sell it to patients.