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Illinois Medical Marijuana Vote Goes Up In Smoke During Waning Days Of Lame-Duck Session

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The sponsor of Illinois' highly-restrictive medical marijuana bill now says a vote for its passage is unlikely before the end of the current General Assembly. (Raul Arboldela/AFP/GettyImages)
The sponsor of Illinois' highly-restrictive medical marijuana bill now says a vote for its passage is unlikely before the end of the current General Assembly. (Raul Arboldela/AFP/GettyImages)

As the final days of the current Illinois General Assembly wind down, the once-promising passage of a medical marijuana bill now looks unlikely.

State Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat and the bill's sponsor, said he didn't expect the issue to see a quick passage or come up before the session ends on Wednesday, according to the Tribune. The House met at noon on Monday with no medical marijuana items on the agenda, while the Senate doesn't meet again until Tuesday, according to the General Assembly's official schedule.

“Looks like it is not going to happen right now,” Lang wrote in an email response to Medical Marijuana Business Daily.

Lang indicated to MMBD that the marijuana bill dying without a vote shouldn't necessarily be construed as a lack of support from his fellow lawmakers. “It has little to do with vote count,” he wrote.

Last week, the Senate abruptly adjourned without sending the House bills on gun control bill or marriage equality either, reports the Evansville Courier Press.

The state's $96.8 billion pension deficit has pulled lawmakers attention away from several hot-button issues that were expected to see a vote before a new General Assembly gets sworn in at noon Wednesday.

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