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Illinois Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill

Sick people in Illinois will soon be able to smoke marijuana to ease their pain. 

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a bill legalizing the drug for medical purposes. 

He says watching injured veterans suffer in pain helped push him toward supporting the idea.

The new law establishes a four-year pilot program, which will give people with HIV, AIDS, cancer, and other debilitating diseases access to about five ounces of marijuana a month. 

Not just anyone will qualify for the drug. 

Patients will have to prove they’ve been receiving treatment for their illness before they can get a prescription. 

The new law takes effect January 1st of next year.

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Locations : Illinois
People : Pat Quinn