Illinois is the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana
Governor Quinn signed a medical marijuana bill yesterday morning, making them the 20th state to allow the public to buy cannabis for medical purposes. The new bill is to be the strictest of its kind in the U.S.
The bill has a four year trial period and will take effect on the 1st of January 2014.
The new bill states that in order to be issued a medical marijuana card in Illinois, the user must have an on-going medical relationship with their doctor, and must be subject to a serious, or chronic condition, for example cancer, HIV and multiple sclerosis.
It is also stated that a person can only buy up to two and a half ounces of cannabis over two weeks, in order to try and stop people from buying and stocking up on the substance. This has however received some criticism from anti-crime groups, who believe this amount to be too much. However it was noted that 2.5 ounces is a good amount as it will accommodate people who cook with cannabis and use vaporizers, rather than simply smoking joints.
Also, it is prohibited for people to grow their own cannabis. If you have a medical marijuana card you must buy the product from one of 60 state-licenced dispensaries.
Governor Quinn noted "I feel that this is something, whatever faith we practice, we all believe that helping those who are sick, helping them recover and also helping them deal with pain, that's a tenet in every faith and every religion".