Illinois Lawmakers Reject Marijuana Measure


SPRINGFIELD----Illinois lawmakers rejected a measure that would have required medical marijuana products to carry warning labels about possible side effects.

Democrats who opposed the bill Monday argued the labels are unnecessary because doctors already give patients a briefing on what to expect from marijuana before prescribing it.

The House Substance Abuse Special Committee rejected the measure on 5-3 vote with only Republicans voting in favor.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Dwight Kay, argued that people who are not medical marijuana users but may come in contact with it should be aware about possible side-effects like dizziness, impaired thought, or delirium.

Medical marijuana sales began in Illinois in November under a 4-year pilot program.

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