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Wed August 7, 2013
Durbin: No Rush On Changing Federal Marijuana Law
Medical marijuana may be legal in his home state, but the number two Democrat in the U.S. Senate says that shouldn't be a national policy.
It will be awhile before patients with certain diseases will actually be able to use pot to ease their symptoms - the Illinois law doesn't take effect until January, and state regulators have to put rules in place.
Even so ... clinics ... including one in Chicago ... are already beginning to open.
Of course, it defies federal law.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he's not ready for the feds to change course.
DURBIN "Let's watch how the states deal with medical marijuana before we establish a federal policy."
Rather .. Durbin says the U.S. needs to loosen up on sentences for drug crimes. He says too much money is spent to imprison drug offenders who aren't dangerous.
Illinois is the 20th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal use.