Illinois governor signs medical marijuana bill - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Illinois governor signs medical marijuana bill

Posted:
© MGN Online © MGN Online

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois has become the 20th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana.
   
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law Thursday at a new University of Chicago medical facility.
   
Illinois' law takes effect Jan. 1, but it'll take several months before medical marijuana will be available for purchase. The measure outlines a four-year pilot program for patients suffering from more than 30 serious illnesses or diseases.
   
Quinn says he's heard compelling stories from seriously ill patients - including veterans - and says medical marijuana will provide many people relief.
   
He also says Illinois' new law also has some of the toughest standards in the country, including background checks for all staff at state-run dispensaries and 24-hour surveillance at growing centers.
   
Nineteen other states and Washington, D.C., allow medical marijuana.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Local music star comes home

    Local music star comes home

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:46:08 GMT
    Crystal HoytCrystal Hoyt
    CHENEYVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Crystal Hoyt has shared the stage with country music stars like Miranda Lambert and Big and Rich. She has also went on tour for three years with Toby Keith.Now Hoyt has traveled back to her hometown of Cheneyville to a crowd she never expected.More >>
    CHENEYVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Crystal Hoyt has shared the stage with country music stars like Miranda Lambert and Big and Rich. She has also went on tour for three years with Toby Keith.Now Hoyt has traveled back to her hometown of Cheneyville to a crowd she never expected.More >>
  • McAllister's campaign finances take a hit

    McAllister's campaign finances take a hit

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:39:13 GMT
    Congressman Vance McAllisterCongressman Vance McAllister
    LOUISIANA (KALB News Channel 5) -- Controversial Louisiana Congressman Vance McAllister only has a little more than $8,000 in his campaign account according to a new report published this week by Politico.More >>
    LOUISIANA (KALB News Channel 5) -- Controversial Louisiana Congressman Vance McAllister only has a little more than $8,000 in his campaign account according to a new report published this week by Politico.More >>
  • Cemetery vandalized in Evergreen

    Cemetery vandalized in Evergreen

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:22:33 GMT
    EVERGREEN, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - One of Cenla's historic church cemeteries has been vandalized three times.More >>
    EVERGREEN, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - One of Cenla's historic church cemeteries has been vandalized three times.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KALB. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.