Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed one of the strictest medical marijuana laws in the nation Thursday, making the state the 20th in the nation to legalize the substance.
The measure takes effect Jan. 1 and establishes a four-year pilot program for 60 state-run dispensaries and 22 “cultivation centers,” under 24-hour surveillance, where marijuana plants will be grown, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Under the law, doctors will be able to prescribe marijuana for more than 30 specific medical illnesses such as cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis, according to CBS Chicago.
”It’s very important we do whatever we can to ease their pain,” Quinn said at a new medical facility at the University of Chicago. ”It’s a very well-drafted bill.”
Doctors can’t prescribe more than 2.5 ounces over two weeks, the Tribune said. The patient and the doctor must also have an established and ongoing medical relationship.
Illinois’ policies are some of the country’s strictest, said Chris Lindsey, the legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, an organization devoted to marijuana policy reform in the U.S. Unlike many other states where medical marijuana is legalized, Illinois won’t allow users to grow marijuana in their homes.
And, Lindsey said, medical marijuana patients will be both fingerprinted and required to go through a background check. In most states, he said, only growers or providers have to get fingerprinted. There will also be a cap on the number of dispensaries.
Last week, New Hampshire became the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana when Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law. The District of Columbia also allows medical marijuana, and only two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized marijuana for recreational use, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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Matthew R. Davies, a California man facing a litany of charges stemming from his work as a medical marijuana provider, pleaded guilty Friday to 10 federal felony offenses.
Davies was indicted on federal charges last July for manufacturing marijuana, after agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration raided his grow warehouse in 2011 and found 1,962 marijuana plants and 40 pounds of processed marijuana at the facility.
The operation came amid a larger pot crackdown by federal authorities in the Sacramento area, where marijuana dispensary owners have been repeatedly targeted despite California state law, under which medical cannabis is legal. Davies himself was heavily invested in the industry, holding a financial stake in seven lucrative marijuana storefront businesses that had been included in the investigation.
In a statement released by the Department of Justice on Friday, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said that the investigation had concluded that Davies’ work was “all about the money.”
Marijuana advocates have highlighted Davies’ case as the latest evidence that President Barack Obama has misled in his claims that he’s not interested in harshly enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized the substance to some degree. Last year, Obama claimed his administration wouldn’t focus on prosecuting recreational marijuana users in Washington and Colorado — which had both just passed laws legalizing cannabis for recreational use — because there were “bigger fish to fry.”
Obama received a personal plea from Davies’ wife, Molly, earlier this year, who asked the president to consider his comments in the context of her husband’s case.
“Mr. President, my husband is not a criminal and shouldn’t be treated like one. Matt is not a drug dealer or trafficker. He’s not driving around in a fancy car and living in some plush mansion — trust me,” Davies wrote. “My husband is a regular guy, and we’re a regular, middle-class family. Yet even though Matt took great pains to follow state and local law, he is currently facing a severe prison sentence. This all seems so surreal.”
If Davies’ plea agreement is accepted by the court, it would call for a 5-year prison sentence, according to the Department of Justice. The government also intends to seek a substantial fine, on top of the $100,000 that Davies has already forfeited voluntarily.
Davies had faced a mandatory minimum of five years behind bars for the charges. Federal prosecutors had threatened to add additional charges, carrying a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence, unless he pleaded guilty. Lynn F. Smith and Robert Duncan, Davies’ business partners who had also faced federal charges in the case, have already entered guilty pleas.
Sentencing for Davies’ case is scheduled to take place on Sept. 27, 2013.
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Executive Directot of the Drug Policy Foundation
I received this email from Lindsey Rinehart Of Compassionate Idaho requesting help. I feel compelled to help her and her family. I remember seeing their heartbreaking story about a month ago when their kids were taken from them by the CPS.
Remind me to never go to Idaho while they treat cannabis as more of a public threat than guns.
Here is Lindsey’s request for help:
I have that you are kind and that you may be able to help us through your networks. If you can please help me share this, I would greatly appreciate it.
I’m not sure if you have been able to see my gofundme with how busy you have been, but I really need some help please. I have MS and it’s aggressively attacking me right now and it’s only been getting worse. It’s a full on exacerbation. We had a solid plan to get out of ID, have respite in WA for a month, and then move to OR once funds were raised. Instead our place in WA fell through and took me from having 45 days to fund raise to 15. I’m now four days away from that time and do not have the funds to do it, but I am getting closer. I had already given notice to my landlord so we have four days from today to raise the funds. I need to treat with cannabis fast or I’m afraid I’m going to get a new lesion in my brain. All of this can be verified through the links provided in the gofundme. We had International, National, and local coverage to what happened to our family!
I was wondering if you could please share our story through your vast network or perhaps make a donation from you or one of your organizations? We need as much help as we can get. I’m hoping that you will be able too. We’ve been praying for a guardian angel and a miracle for a while.
Once we move we will have better opportunities. My husband already has a great job lined up, and we will be safe once we are there so I can treat my illness.
Here is the gofundme:http://http//www.gofundme.com/3lm7vw
Here is Russ Belville’s rant for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVgN4X7bxWI&feature=youtu.be&a
Here is the Mom’s Victims of The Drug War with us in it:http://https//www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2a13wGdel0Q
This is the Change.org petition I launched yesterday to get us off of the CPS registry:http://https//www.change.org/petitions/remove-the-rineharts-from-cps-central-registry-idaho-division-of-family-and-community-services#
If you can help me I will make sure to spread the word, loudly, proudly, and thankfully.
Thank You for Your Consideration,
A $125,000 marijuana grow south of Houston has been uprooted thanks to a tip from an anonymous narc citizen who used an app created by the sheriff’s department that allows people to send in photos as well as coordinates to crimes – or things that citizens perceive to be crimes.
All of the plants have been destroyed, but thankfully nobody has been arrested. We think the senseless destruction of such a healthy, natural and domestic garden should be punishment enough and the cops should hopefully just let the case die (they won’t, but a marijuana writer can dream can’t he?).
The phone app is part of the “If You See Something, Say Something” public awareness campaign started by the Department of Homeland Security in 2010 that basically asks citizens to spy on one another. It was the first of it’s kind when it was put into operation in 2011. The program also has a 1-800 tipline and website, iWatchHarrisCounty.com.
And while our colleagues at our Voice Media sister blog, The Houston Press (which broke the story), seem to think this new app is a neato new way for government to be “ahead of the curve,” we think it’s a sign of how lazy our police force has become and how nosy people are about other people’s business.
This grow bust is a prime example of that. It’s just a few marijuana plants growing in a forest, and yet someone felt compelled to report it via the app. The really sad part is that this Johnny-do-gooder likely already had the app installed on his phone and probably uses it to play civilian vigilante more than just this one time.