By: Kate Pabich
A prescription to get high, that could soon be the reality in Illinois. Legislators say medical marijuana is only a couple votes away from passing the House.
The pot would be restricted to patients with conditions like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV. It would allow patients to smoke 2.5 grams every 2 weeks.
and Elizabeth are mother and daughter, they're both living with multiple
Elizabeth says it's very difficult.
"Everyplace it attacks, you have someplace else it goes wrong, sometimes it's memory sometimes it's problems walking."
But when it comes to pot, they have some different ideas.
"I grew up in an era where marijuana was a recreational drug by a lot of people, the hippies and the stars and I'm afraid that the little amount they would offer would be abused." says Anne.
But Elizabeth sees the benefits.
"I think it wouldn't be a good idea because having ms changes your life completely it's like you think your life is going great and then you get MS and then you can't walk, you can barely remember anything."
Elizabeth says the disease can be not only painful but depressing, and a little weed could really help.
"I think it would be like a brand new source of depression pills but I think that marijuana would work much quicker and be more effective."
She thinks the drug would allow patients like her to perform daily tasks, when they otherwise wouldn't be able to but her mom, Anne, is concerned about how the drugs would be regulated.
"It's not always pure and if it starts getting out that there's bad marijuana it could make it worse for medicinal purposes."
And she says it could start up a new generation of potheads.
"It may become a way to bring it through the doors and allow it to be more popular again."
If the bill passes it would still be a 4 year pilot program to see how it works out before it sticks.