4:54 PM CDT, May 20, 2013
A bill to legalize the medical use of marijuana has passed the Illinois General Assemly and now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has yet to disclose whether he'll sign it. But based on his comments today, I'm betting he will.
That wager rests on three things he said in a meeting with editorial writers and reporters here at The Tribune. When he was asked about the bill, he said he wanted to examine it carefully before deciding: "We want to make sure it's done properly. Sometimes there are technical defects in a bill."
He volunteered that veterans' groups have told him of the value of cannabis in relieving pain. Politicians don't normally invoke veterans only to spurn them.
And then, when I asked if he had any basic objections to the idea, Quinn offered none. Instead, he mentioned he had read the post I did Friday making the case for the measure and said he "thought it was good."
I mention this last not to blow my own horn but to offer evidence of the way he's leaning. Quinn had several chances to express reservations about legalizing medical marijuana, and he declined. That doesn't sound like a governor preparing to use his veto.
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