SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House has voted down a three-year pilot program for medical marijuana.
The measure got only 53 of the 60 votes it needed to pass. Sixty-one people voted "no."
The bill would have allowed people to take marijuana to relieve pain and nausea for a specific list of illnesses, such as cancer and AIDS.
It would have barred people from buying the marijuana anywhere except 59 licensed, not-for-profit sellers.
House Republican Leader Tom Cross endorsed this bill after opposing earlier versions. He said it's only right to help relieve people's suffering.
But critics warned that a medical marijuana program could provide cover for illegal marijuana sales.
The bill is HB30.
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