Yesterday, the Illinois House was supposed to vote on House Bill 30, a medical marijuana legalization bill. However, the Illinois General Assembly put off the vote.
Bill sponsor Lou Lang did not request a vote because he was not confident he had the support he needed for the bill to pass. He had predicted on Tuesday that he was very close to the 60 votes he needed, but knew that the vote could go either way.
Lang decided to postpone the vote to try to garner more support to ensure the bill would not fail. Lang said that he may try to initiate the vote when the Illinois legislature meets in early December.
Illinois’ proposed medical marijuana program would be the most restrictive in the country, but some lawmakers in the state are opposed to MMJ legalization because they believe marijuana is a “gateway drug” that will negatively impact youths throughout the state. Other lawmakers worry about the federal repercussions the state may face as a result of legalizing the medical use of a Schedule I substance.