Doctors Ask for Medical Marijuana Legalization
Nearly 250 physicians are calling on Illinois lawmakers to legalize the use of marijuana for patients with serious illnesses.
Three physicians spoke during a news conference Tuesday in Chicago. They say marijuana can be a safer and more effective treatment than narcotics for patients with
diseases such as cancer and HIV.
The Illinois House is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill (House Bil 1) that would create a medical marijuana pilot program. It would allow physicians who have an existing
relationship with a patient to prescribe marijuana for certain conditions. Patients would be limited to buying 2.5 ounces at a time from dispensaries regulated by the state.
Julie Falco of Chicago uses marijuana to treat multiple sclerosis symptoms.Falco says she and other patients shouldn't be considered criminals for trying
to ease their suffering.