Proponents of the bill had hoped it would have passed before the General Assembly left for a session break at the end of May, but the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said he couldn't get enough votes.The governor's race apparently sealed the bill's fate despite the fact that some of the state's leading Republicans said they were high on medical marijuana earlier this year.
"That's because it's an election year and politicians are afraid to do what's right," said Dan Linn, executive director of the Illinois Cannabis Patients Association.
He thinks politics plays a crucial role in whether or not the bill will get passed.
If Gov. Pat Quinn is re-elected, the bill will have more support than if Sen. Bill Brady wins because Brady is completely against the bill, he said.
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