(Chicago, IL) — June 24, 2010. House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) reports that he has 58 of the 60 votes he needs to win passage of legislation, House Bill 2514, to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois, the Chicago Sun-Times‘ Vernon Clement Jones reported on Monday.
“There is support on both sides,” Lang said Saturday. “What we have is a very narrow piece of legislation that avoids the problems of dispensaries like those in California.”
On Tuesday, the Sun-Times editorial board endorsed the legislation:
We agree with those who say the pot should be used for medical purposes by people living in great physical pain.
But, of course, Illinois continues to prohibit the use of marijuana for medical purposes — even as 14 other states have seen the light.
Illinois Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) is pushing a medical pot bill, one with strict limits, that deserves support across the political spectrum.
In addition to Lang, the bill’s House sponsors include State Reps. Angelo Saviano (R-Elmwood Park) Karen Yarbrough (D-Maywood), Cynthia Soto (D-Chicago), Deborah Mell (D-Chicago) and Elizabeth Hernandez (D-Chicago).
A similar measure, sponsored by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), has already passed the Illinois Senate.