Illinois Set for Senate Vote on MMJ

Folks, here’s an update from Julie Falco, a medical marijuana patient with Illinois NORML.
—– Original Message —–

From: Ju Falco
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 Next!
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,

Julie Falco

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