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Law Enforcement Testify Against Medical Marijuana

Several members of the law enforcement community are testifying against a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for patients with certain ailments or undergoing certain treatments.

In a Senate executive committee today, law enforcement officers said HB1 doesn't go far enough, while advocates of medical marijuana portrayed the bill as much stricter than laws in several western states.

"As it sits today in the Senate, it's the most strict in the country," Sen. Andy Manar (D - Staunton) said. "But there is also strict opposition, because it is a major step in a different direction in the state. So I'm still meeting with proponents and opponents of the bill, literally as we speak."

HB1 would allow a maximum of 60 dispensaries across the state, where patients would receive the marijuana in sealed containers. The plants would be allowed to be grown in one cultivation site in each of the 22 state police districts.

We talked to a spokesperson for Gov. Pat Quinn. He said the governor still needs to review the bill, but is open-minded about it.