Illinois House of Representatives Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Illinois State House
Word just came out that the Illinois House has passed medical marijuana legislation, after several tries. Now it has to go to the Senate. Phil wrote about this and other medical marijuana news in his weekly update.

Illinois going for medical marijuana could be what gets Sen. Durbin involved. Durbin is the second highest ranking Democratic senator, and so it could be a big advance. Durbin supports medical marijuana, and was a cosponsor in 2004 of "Truth in Trials" legislation to allow it in states that allow it. But 2004 was a long time ago, and the Senate has seen little in the way of medical marijuana legislation to advance.

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I am glad you brought the

I am glad you brought the psychological issie to the discussion. I was talking about legalization with a friend recently. I dropped my usual better pot than booze because nobody ever got into a fist fight at a pot party line. He said that the problem with that argument is that modern, hydroponics is creating strains which is so much stronger than what we were smoking thirty years ago and that this is causing people to have psychotic episodes. I am inclined to think that this is more of a for argument because legal pot could be labled with thc content. Mild or high test. But I am too out of the loop to know. ? Seeking opinions rather than holding up a flag for the downvote brigade.

It may prove beneficial to

It may prove beneficial to point out that the DEA, in many cases when assigning a drug or other substance a listing of schedule I (a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in the U.S.A., and no accepted safety for use under medical supervision) is guilty of a fallacy called post hoc. I don't want to get into deciphering the Latin, but essentially what happens is this: The DEA will stumble across a new drug and use its emergency scheduling abilities to send it straight to schedule I, disregarding most evidence to the contrary. Such was the case with the scheduling of MDMA. The DEA usually then looks back and points at the criteria that schedule I drugs have and say that they MUST be dangerous and addictive and without medical value just because of their label.

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