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Former Republican state Senator Pam Althoff to lead Illinois Medical Cannabis Alliance

Illinois Watchdog.Org

Thursday, January 24, 2019  |  Article  |  By Benjamin Yount

Legislators (former) (58) , Marijuana, Medical, Recreational
Recently retired Republican state Sen. Pam Althoff voted against medical marijuana back in 2009, but she voted for the idea just four years later, and she voted to make pot possession a civil fine in Illinois. 

She's now the head of the Illinois Cannabis Alliance. That's the trade group that focuses on Illinois' medical marijuana industry. 

The group should play a role as Illinois lawmakers look to move toward legal, Althoff said.

"We've gone through the regulation and development of the medical cannabis program," she said. "We'd like to provide some insight, and be a resource, as the state moves forward with possibly recreationalizing marijuana."

Althoff said the medical marijuana industry has already learned many of the lessons that the recreational marijuana industry will need to know. 

"The people who are still a part of the medical program, both from the dispensing and cultivating side, feel that they have a lot of information and experience that they would like to share as [recreational marijuana] may potentially move forward," Althoff said. 

Althoff said there is still a need for medical marijuana, to make sure people who are sick get the medicine they need. 

Lawmakers in Springfield are expected to vote on a recreational marijuana plan this spring, although it could take some time to roll out the program.