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Medical marijuana bill headed to Governor Quinn's desk

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The Illinois State Senate has approved a measure that would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients suffering from certain terminal illnesses or debilitating conditions.

The measure passed Friday with a 35 to 21 vote. It has already passed the House and is headed to Governor Pat Quinn's desk. Governor Quinn has not said if he will sign it.

The bill lists 33 eligible illnesses and gives a framework for a four-year pilot program. The program would require both patients and caregivers to go through background checks.

Opponents of the measure say it could encourage recreational use, especially among teens, but supporters say marijuana can relieve pain without the side effects that other prescription drugs can have.

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