ILL Medical Marijuana Backers Defend Enforcement

May 9, 2013

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The sponsor of legislation before the Illinois State Senate legalizing medical marijuana use said there are sufficient protections for motorists in the bill. Senator William Haine said the proposal requires users to submit to a field sobriety test if they're pulled over by police while driving.

The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Sheriffs' Association oppose the bill. They say it should set a standard for marijuana impairment and allow blood and urine tests to gauge that level. The measure has already passed the state House. The Senate Executive Committee OK'd the plan Wednesday.