98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2013 and 2014
Introduced 1/30/2013, by Rep. Lou Lang
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.
Contains only a short title provision and a section on findings. Makes
findings on the medical use of cannabis to treat medical conditions.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning alternative treatment for serious
diseases causing chronic pain and debilitating conditions.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.
(a) Modern medical research has discovered beneficial uses
for cannabis in treating or alleviating the pain, nausea, and
other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating
medical conditions, as found by the National Academy of
Sciences' Institute of Medicine in March 1999.
(b) Subsequent studies since the 1999 National Academy of
Sciences' Institute of Medicine report continue to show the
therapeutic value of cannabis in treating a wide array of
debilitating medical conditions, including increasing the
chances of patients finishing their treatments for HIV/AIDS and
(c) Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform
Crime Reports and the Compendium of Federal Justice Statistics
show that approximately 99 out of every 100 cannabis arrests in
the U.S. are made under state law, rather than under federal
law. Consequently, changing state law will have the practical
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effect of protecting from arrest the vast majority of seriously
ill people who have a medical need to use cannabis.
(d) Although federal law currently prohibits any use of
cannabis except under very limited circumstances, Alaska,
California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana,
Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Rhode Island, and
Washington have removed state-level criminal penalties from
the medical use and cultivation of cannabis. Illinois joins in
this effort for the health and welfare of its citizens.
(e) States are not required to enforce federal law or
prosecute people for engaging in activities prohibited by
federal law. Therefore, compliance with this Act does not put
the State of Illinois in violation of federal law.
(f) State law should make a distinction between the medical
and non-medical uses of cannabis. Hence, the purpose of this
Act is to protect patients with debilitating medical
conditions, as well as their physicians and primary caregivers,
from arrest and prosecution, criminal and other penalties, and
property forfeiture if these patients engage in the medical use
(g) The people of the State of Illinois declare that they
enact this Act pursuant to the police power to protect the
health of its citizens that is reserved to the State of
Illinois and its people under the 10th Amendment to the United