A bill that would let minors and those suffering from epilepsy to use medical marijuana in Illinois has won the approval of a state Senate committee.
Senate Bill 2636 passed committee without opposition on Tuesday. Democratic state Senator Iris Martinez sponsors the measure and argues using medical marijuana will help minors with epilepsy improve their quality of life.
Supporters of the bill say consuming the marijuana plant's oil doesn't get children high and will help reduce their seizures. They also say traditional medicines used to treat epilepsy are both addictive and leave kids feeling "stoned."
Opponents, on the other hand, say any bill legalizing marijuana violates federal law and legalizing it for minors goes against drug prevention programs.
The bill would amend the state's four-year medical cannabis pilot program and will now go to the Senate floor.
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