A swing in public attitudes about marijuana could lead to passage this year of an Illinois law allowing medical use of the drug, according to proponents.
A vote in the Illinois House is expected this week on House Bill 1, a bill that would create a four-year pilot program through which patients suffering certain ailments could use marijuana. If approved, it then would go to the Senate, which approved such a measure once before.
Hundreds of pounds of marijuana were found in a truck during a traffic stop in Collinsville on Monday, investigators said Tuesday.
An Illinois State Police trooper pulled the semi-tractor trailer over for a safety check on Interstate 55/70 between Illinois state routes 157 and 159, according to a news release.
After enduring two rounds of back surgery and suffering nerve damage in his leg, Marshall Parks knows the rest of his life will be a battle against pain.
He’s taken a laundry list of medications and treatments.
The one he said works the best is illegal.
He was rarely a political activist, but now he feels it’s time to be an advocate for medical marijuana. Not just for himself, but for people he has watched suffer, including his late mother.
“I don’t want to live a life where I have to make excuses for myself,” he said.
He’s trying to get an answer to a question that is becoming asked more and more around Illinois — should he be legally allowed to use marijuana for medical purposes?