State of Illinois
2013 and 2014


Introduced 1/30/2013, by Rep. Lou Lang


New Act

    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.

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1    AN ACT concerning alternative treatment for serious
2diseases causing chronic pain and debilitating conditions.
3    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
4represented in the General Assembly:
5    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
6Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.
7    Section 5. Findings.
8    (a) Modern medical research has discovered beneficial uses
9for cannabis in treating or alleviating the pain, nausea, and
10other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating
11medical conditions, as found by the National Academy of
12Sciences' Institute of Medicine in March 1999.
13    (b) Subsequent studies since the 1999 National Academy of
14Sciences' Institute of Medicine report continue to show the
15therapeutic value of cannabis in treating a wide array of
16debilitating medical conditions, including increasing the
17chances of patients finishing their treatments for HIV/AIDS and
18hepatitis C.
19    (c) Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform
20Crime Reports and the Compendium of Federal Justice Statistics
21show that approximately 99 out of every 100 cannabis arrests in
22the U.S. are made under state law, rather than under federal
23law. Consequently, changing state law will have the practical



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1effect of protecting from arrest the vast majority of seriously
2ill people who have a medical need to use cannabis.
3    (d) Although federal law currently prohibits any use of
4cannabis except under very limited circumstances, Alaska,
5California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana,
6Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Rhode Island, and
7Washington have removed state-level criminal penalties from
8the medical use and cultivation of cannabis. Illinois joins in
9this effort for the health and welfare of its citizens.
10    (e) States are not required to enforce federal law or
11prosecute people for engaging in activities prohibited by
12federal law. Therefore, compliance with this Act does not put
13the State of Illinois in violation of federal law.
14    (f) State law should make a distinction between the medical
15and non-medical uses of cannabis. Hence, the purpose of this
16Act is to protect patients with debilitating medical
17conditions, as well as their physicians and primary caregivers,
18from arrest and prosecution, criminal and other penalties, and
19property forfeiture if these patients engage in the medical use
20of cannabis.
21    (g) The people of the State of Illinois declare that they
22enact this Act pursuant to the police power to protect the
23health of its citizens that is reserved to the State of
24Illinois and its people under the 10th Amendment to the United
25States Constitution.