With already a slew of states legalizing medical marijuana, pressure is mounting on the Illinois state Senate to pass the Bill that legalizes medical marijuana in the state. Popular opinion on the Bill is that, using weed medicine should hardly be seen as an illegal act. Whether or not the Senate echoes the same opinion, remains to be seen.
So, are the people waiting for the medical marijuana Bill to be passed? The answer is a resounding “Yes”, as there are thousands of patients out there who could use medical marijuana to relieve their pain and sufferings. One such example was that of a business owner in Canton. The man, who asked that his name not be used, has been married for 17 years to a woman suffering from Crohn’s disease. If only marijuana for medical purposes were legalized, she could use marijuana to alleviate her pains.
“She cannot function without it,” he said. “You don’t realize how serious this disease is until you live with someone who has it. (Marijuana) helps her live a comfortable life in everything she does. It takes her pain away.”
This is one such instance and there are thousands of others who could tell a similar story about how de-criminalizing medical marijuana would help them or their family members.
There are however, concerns from within the Senate itself, about regulating the flow of marijuana once it has been legalized. Peoria Multi-County Narcotics Enforcement Group Director Rene Sandoval was less thrilled about the idea of marijuana in the open market. “Law enforcement officers are 110 percent opposed to medical marijuana legislation,” he said. “We spent a ton of time as law enforcement officers trying to get the word out there to young adults as to the dangers of drugs and drug abuse. This right here sends a totally different message.”
Since there exists considerable opposition to the Bill itself in the Senate, the lawmakers would have to try hard to make it successful. Since the advantages of legalizing medical marijuana far outweighs the disadvantages of it, there is some hope among the marijuana activists that medical marijuana will be legalized in Illinois.
The use of weed medicine in marijuana legal states has been on the increase, and more and more people who are suffering from terrible illnesses are using it to alleviate the pain that they suffer.