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Medical marijuana advocates keep pushing

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 07:43:45 CST

After trying for years to legalize medicinal marijuana an Illinois state lawmaker says he'll continue to try again.   The previous General Assembly adjourned without voting on a plan that would have allowed people with certain diseases to buy and use pot. Representative Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, says he's tweaking that proposal in an attempt to appease critics. But he admits even that won't be enough to satisfy some legislators:

"If you asked most members of the last General Assembly whether they thought we should pass it, they would tell you yes, even including those who would not vote for it, because they just felt they could not do it politically."
Lang didn't give specifics about the changes he's making, but he says the previous version included the strictest regulations in the country. Lang says he wants to make it easy for sick people to buy pot, while also ensuring there are guidelines to prevent abuse.

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