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QCA Opinions Mixed on Legalizing Medical Marijuana

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The issue of medical marijuana gets a variety of opinions in the QCA. The issue of medical marijuana gets a variety of opinions in the QCA.

It's only a signature away. In Illinois, a bill to make marijuana legal for medical use has passed through the House and the Senate and now awaits the approval of Governor Pat Quinn.

But this issue has people divided around the QCA.

We talked to a lot of people today and seemed to get a different opinion with every conversation.

Some believe that any use of a drug is morally wrong, while others believe those who could benefit from marijuana use should be allowed to use it.

If enacted, the Illinois bill is meant to be one of the strictest medical marijuana laws in the country.

Doctors would be allowed to prescribe 2.5 ounces of marijuana to patients with certain medical conditions every two weeks. The drugs would only be available from state-licensed dispensaries, getting their supplies from only a handful of state-licensed growers.

But, whether the governor signs the bill or not, medical marijuana remains a hot button issue around here.

"It should be outlawed. Every plant should be burned," said Bill Tutkomp, who lives in Moline.

"If legislators feel that it's legal enough to prescribe it, it's a legal substance," countered Sharon Rogers. "So no, I have nothing against it."

"I don't believe it's necessary," Sue Murrow disagreed. "I believe there is enough money out there that goes into medical research that they should be able to find the things that marijuana does, because it seems like the beginning of a big problem."

One of the big questions, of course, is just how it would work in our bi-state community.

Major Mike Brown, of the Scott County Sheriff's Department, says even if a person is allowed to carry the drug in Illinois, they still couldn't carry it in Iowa. They would be ticketed in Iowa for possession of an illegal substance if they brought it across state lines.

And while a person may be able to prove their case in court, officers will be handling all drug-related cases the same as always at the street level.

Only one State Senator near the QCA, John Sullivan (D-Rushville), voted 'yes' for the bill as it passed through the Senate on Friday.

The bill passed 35-21 in favor of medical legalization.

Governor Quinn has not said whether he'll sign the bill or not, only that he'll act quickly when the bill arrives on his desk.

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