In the move to permit people to use cannabis as medicine as a therapy for certain diseases, the Illinois state has come into contradiction with the federal law.
The applications are being processed and possibly the patients will be allowed to buy marijuana by spring. As marijuana is rendered an illegal drug by the federal government, so with the promulgation of the program the Illinois state will be facing hard times.
One of the challenges to be faced by the program is: Whether the federal banks will allows the deposition of money by a financial institution dealing in cannabis trade?
The same controversy is also prevailing in other states. In Washington and Colorado, cannabis is legalized as a recreational drug. Dick Durbin, a Democrat and US Senator, is of the view that the dilemma has to be resolved by the government. He further says that apparently the states are undertaking experimentation. Meanwhile, he is curious about the results to come.
Durbin gives clarification that he is not against the use of marijuana as medicine but, at the same time, he is not in favor of making it legal.
According to him, there are people who advocate the idea of making marijuana as free-to-use as a chewing gum. But he himself thinks differently. One of a few Republicans who voted for the Illinois Marijuana Medical Program is Jim Oberweis, the State Senator from Sugar Grove. Durbin is presently running for re-election against him.
In his campaign, however, Oberweis did not comment on the statement of his political opponent. Oberweis has been reported as saying that he does not oppose the legalization and taxation of cannabis and considers it, not a federal, but a state issue.
While holding a press conference with Ann Callis at Springfield, Durin commented on this controversy. Ann Callis, after leaving her seat as Chief Judge in Madison Country, is running for Congress as a Democrat in the 13th District. Much of the central Illinois is covered by this district.
Some politicians suggest that the policy for the decriminalization of cannabis will serve as a means to lessen overcrowding in prisons but Callis points out that her practice as a trial judge for grave crimes does not allow her to support such an act.
On the contrary, she proposes the use of drug courts or other alternative means of sentencing.
Callis says that, on the basis of her own experience, she is optimistic about the working of such kinds of programs for the restoration of justice. She added that these programs don’t allow people escape justice and it would not be easy for anybody to get clarification.
Rodney Davis, a Republicans’ nominee, is the opponent of Callis in this campaign. According to a spokesman, Davis thinks that it is the responsibility of states to solve such issues. He wants Illinois to decide the issue while taking Washington and Colorado as an example case.
This summer, Davis has already voted for a move that objects the intervention of federal government with the state’s laws about medical marijuana and their enforcement. He has also sponsored in a program that aims at permitting the use of hemp oil and Cannabidiol or CBD—an oil from cannabis—as treatment of epilepsy in children.
To explain the consequences of financial agenda of their respective opponents, Callis and Durbin held a press conference. Concerning what to do about these expansive as well as popular programs, there have been tensions among the representatives of the opposing parties. It is also to be noted that, about a year ago, a severe conflicts over the budget of the federal government resulted in a government shutdown.
Callis has been reported as saying that she was at a pig roast in Calhoun Country when a woman came to her and, grabbing her arm, requested her to do every single thing for the protection of Medicare and Social Security.
Durbin points out that it includes prohibiting the policies by Republicans, such as increasing eligibility age for Medicare and the introduction of voucher system in it.
He added that they have an intention to put the seniors under the mercy of health insurance companies and, according to the view of the majority of the people, it is not a good thing. Here it is worth mentioning that Oberweis is in favor of increasing the eligibility age for Medicare to 67. Meanwhile, he also proposed some ways to ensure that the benefits of Social Security are not availed by the wealthy.
As informed by his campaign manager, Davis is trying to work out a plan for the protection of Social Security and Medicare. In this regard, changes will be made that will offer exemption for the seniors close to their retirement.