A measure that would allow the use of medical marijuana has been approved by the Illinois House Human Services Committee.
If it passes, patients over the 18 with specific terminal illnesses or medical conditions will be allowed to get marijuana to help with their symptoms. Illnesses included in the measure include cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV. Under the measure, a four-year pilot program would be put into place. Patients and caregivers would be required to submit background checks.
The measure's supporters say the drug can help relieve pain without harmful effects other prescription drugs may carry. However, opponents to the measure say it would encourage using the drug recreationally.
The 11-4 vote will move the measure to the full House.
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