In Illinois, the legislature recently convened its special session to complete unfinished business before the new legislature convenes early next year. While normally a dull, drab caretaking effort to tie up loose ends, the special session opened with a fiery battle for a reaffirmation of Illinois’ state sovereignty. The contentious issue debated was that of the partial nullification of Federal narcotics laws, specifically regarding the medicinal use of cannabis.
The Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act (SB 1381) had already cleared the Senate earlier this year by a thin margin of 30-28. Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie) is spearheading the bill’s passage in the House. An outspoken advocate of protecting patients and their physicians and caregivers, Lang has successfully stewarded SB 1381 through the committee process. He brought the bill to the House floor for a vote on the first day of the special session, but pulled it when it seemed headed for defeat with 53 for, 59 against, and 1 abstention.Details