Illinois Representative Louis Lang has re-introduced a medical marijuana bill to the House. The “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act” was the first House bill introduced on Wednesday. This is the fourth year Lang has tried to make medical marijuana legislation move forward, but he is optimistic that this year it could be a reality.
“We have a new general assembly, new people, new thoughts, new views of these issues,” he explained on Thursday. “We have national polls showing that the vast majority of Americans think people ought to have a product that their doctor thinks they ought to have.”
The bill is similar to ones Lang has submitted in past sessions, but includes new regulations to address some concerns expressed by other lawmakers. Lang hopes that these changes will make the bill easier to pass.
Under the proposed law, patients with qualifying medical conditions could obtain medical-grade marijuana from state regulated dealers for use in their homes.
The filed bill, only a paragraph in length, serves as a place holder until the final language is completed. Lang expects to submit that by early February at latest. The measure is House Bill 1.