|Illinois state Sen. William Haine is congratulated after his bill to legalize medical marijuana passes through the Senate. (Seth Perlman / Associated Press / May 17, 2013)|
If it becomes law, the
bill will prohibit patients from
growing their own pot; instead, plants will be raised at “grow centers”
overseen by authorities and the state Department of Agriculture. Illinois
Only doctors that have established relationships with patients will be able to dispense the drug to help with pain or side effects associated with treating serious illnesses, such as AIDS or cancer.
“It can’t be consumed in public. It can’t be displayed in public,” Haine said.
The bill would allow medical marijuana use for just four years, essentially creating a pilot program on the drug's use. If it’s not renewed by the state’s General Assembly, the medical pot effort will die.
This sounds reasonable. And the opposition to widespread use here is not based on a nanny state goal. It is based on driving. Alcohol and electronic device usage are major killers and maimers on American roads. The
does not need thousands of vehicle deaths and injuries from legalized drug use.