Illinois: Medical Marijuana Bill Defeated by 4 Votes in House

By MyFox Chicago Staff

There is a truth that must be heard! Chicago - Lawmakers in Springfield turned down a bill that would have legalized medical marijuana Thursday.

Fifteen states and Washington, D.C. currently allow marijuana to be allowed for medical use, but in Illinois, that won't be happening anytime soon.

The bill was sponsored by State Rep. Lou Lang from Skokie. It was narrowly defeated by four votes in the House Thursday.

Supporters of the bill say it would have provided much relief for people suffering from AIDS or other chronic diseases to help them with pain relief and help them regain an appetite, which would also make them feel better.