|Illinois State Rep. Lou Lang|
State Repo Lou Lang, who is sponsoring the bill, praised the bi-partisanship of Cross' change of heart.
"The best prospect for passing this bill now comes because we have cooperation from the other side of the aisle," Lang said.
If passed, House Bill 30 would allow Illinois residents with a legitimate medical need to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, but the rules will be strict. Only those with debilitating illnesses like Crohn's Disease and cancer will be able to legally smoke weed and they will not be allowed to drive for 12 hours after taking their medicine.
"It will be the best, most restrictive, mostly regulated law in the country," Lang said.
A vote on the bill is expected to come as soon as next week.