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Sheriff Shares Thoughts on Medical Marijuana
Illinois is one step closer to making medical marijuana legal. A House committee gave its approval Wednesday.
The proposal would allow patients to carry up to 2.5 ounces, or 70 grams, of marijuana for a two-week period. To obtain the drug, a person must be diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, and then receive a medical marijuana card.
The proposal's sponsor, Lou Lang, feels strongly that it can pass the House. But many in law enforcement are fighting against its approval.
"I believe this legislation is a big, big mistake," Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp said. "I believe that the legislators are sending our youth a very wrong message if they pass this piece of legislation. We have so much problems with prescription drug abuse going on in our county, state, and in the nation. This is just going to add to the problems."
The bill passed in committee by an 11-4 vote. It now heads to the House floor for consideration.