State Journal-Register, 24 Mar 2013 - Whether to allow sick people to use marijuana to alleviate their pain has been considered by Illinois lawmakers in session after session. The legislation has never passed because of a combination of political cowardice, hardened law enforcement opposition and fears about it being a stepping-stone to legalization.
Sun-Sentinel, 24 Mar 2013 - Just a year ago, you'd be high to think medical marijuana had any hope of ever passing muster with Florida's conservative Legislature. But a colorful cadre of pot proponents from South Florida are bucking conventional wisdom, challenging party loyalties and - riding a wave of reefer madness sweeping some U.S. states - getting some unexpected results.
Cumberland Times-News, 24 Mar 2013 - Measure Would Create Commission to Oversee Program ANNAPOLIS (AP) - A measure to allow medical marijuana in Maryland moved forward in the House of Delegates on Saturday. The House gave the bill preliminary approval with little discussion, though it still needs a final vote in the chamber. The legislation would create a commission to oversee a medical marijuana program at academic medical research centers that decide to participate. The commission would function within the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar 2013 - Entrepreneurs, Hoping to Cash in If Pot Becomes Legal Nationwide, Pitch Their Ideas to Potential Investors. Wall Street Can Smell Profits. Located about an hour's drive from Manhattan in the hills of northwestern New Jersey, the facility produces basil, chives, oregano and other herbs that are sold in grocery stores around New York City.