Illinoisans suffering from diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis will emphasize the need for legislation that allows them to safely obtain and use medical marijuana without fear of arrest
A group of Illinois residents suffering from diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis will hold a news conference Tuesday, April 9, where they will call on state lawmakers to support HB 1, which would allow them to safely obtain and use medical marijuana without fear of arrest. They will be joined by the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie).
HB 1 would allow patients diagnosed with specific medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, and HIV/AIDS, to possess up to two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Patients would be able to obtain marijuana from one of up to 60 dispensaries, and marijuana would be grown by up to 22 cultivation centers with no more than one per state police district. The bill has been endorsed by the Illinois Nurses Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.
“There is no longer any doubt that marijuana can be an effective treatment for a wide variety of debilitating medical conditions and symptoms,” said Dan Riffle, deputy director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “Illinois lawmakers have been debating this bill for half a decade, and these seriously ill people cannot wait much longer. The time for debate is over. It is time for them to take action.”
WHAT: News conference at which medical marijuana patients with serious illnesses will call on legislators to support HB 1; the patients will visit legislators’ offices following the news conference
WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 9:30 a.m. CST
WHERE: Outside of State Rep. Lou Lang’s office, Rm. 109, Illinois State Capitol Building, Springfield
WHO: State Rep. Lou Lang
Jim Champion, Somonauk-based patient, veteran, and father with advanced multiple sclerosis
Jessica Bauer, Rockford-based patient with stage four pancreatic cancer
Paul Bachmann, Plano-based multiple sclerosis patient
Kali McCauley, Orland Hills-based Crohn’s disease patient
Dan Riffle, Marijuana Policy Project deputy director of government relations