Legal pot debuts in Midwest
|Legalized medical marijuana is about to make its debut in Michigan, which becomes the 13th state and the first between the Rockies and the East Coast to embrace the controversial pain treatment. In a vote last November that defied the culture war/reefer madness connotation to the illegal drug, 63 percent of the state's voters—and a majority in every county—said yes to medical marijuana. The measure collected 250,000 more votes than Barack Obama, who won the state easily.|
|The state Senate Public Health Committee has given the go-ahead for a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Illinois.|
Senate Bill 1381 is a companion to a similar bill introduced in the House. The next step is a vote of the full General Assembly. One of the bill's supporters, Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), said the vote won't be called "until I am sure I have enough votes to pass it."
Julie Falco has tried so many medications and injections, she can't begin to count them. Falco has multiple scleloris. The one treatment that has eased her symptoms is medical marijuana.
"I don't take this to get high; I have a better quality of life during the day," she said.