Sheree M. Krider
——– Original Message ——–
Subject: USMJP Listserv: Fw: Cannabis Action: Both Senate and House
bills are now poised for full floor votes
From: "Steve Britt" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, March 26, 2009 4:38 am
Folks, here’s an update from Julie Falco, a medical marijuana patient
with Illinois NORML.
—– Original Message —–
From: Ju Falco
To: julie falco ILN
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2009 2:44 AM
Subject: Cannabis Action: Both Senate and House bills are now poised for
full floor votes
Illinois Senate Committee Approves Medical Cannabis Bill; Floor Vote
On Wednesday, March 25th 2009, the Senate Public Health Committee passed
SB 1381 with a 6-3 vote. This bill, sponsored by former three-term
state’s attorney Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), would allow seriously ill
patients with certain debilitating conditions to use medical cannabis
upon the recommendation of their physicians. The House Human Services
Committee approved a companion bill – HB 2514 – on March 4.
Both bills are now poised for a full vote on the floor of their
respective chambers, however they do not yet have enough committed "yes"
votes to be sent to the governor for approval. You are urgently needed
to help make sure these bills pass. Please send your lawmakers an e-mail
urging them to vote "yes" on these bills when the time comes.
If you’ve already written your legislators, please follow up with a
call. You can call 217.782.2000 and have the operator connect you to
their Springfield offices.
You can also help influence legislators by forwarding this alert to
others in Illinois who might like to help patients by taking action
themselves. We are very close.
The House has never voted on a modern medical cannabis bill before, and
a similar bill was narrowly defeated in the Senate two years ago.
Illinois could very well become the 14th state to enact an effective
medical cannabis law, however we need as many people as possible taking
action in order to make this a reality.
With your help, we can make this the last year Illinois threatens the
sick and dying with arrest.
Thank you for all your support,