The Illinois State House will vote for the umpteenth time to approve Illinois' medical marijuana bill, HB 30. The Senate has already approved it, and Illinois Governor Quinn said he would sign it if it passed. The deadline for the vote in the Illinois House is January 8, 2013. Major props to the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Lou Lang (D) for working so hard and being so persistent. Now for the bad news. Lou Lang is like Charlie Brown convinced that this time, Lucy (The Illinois House) won't pull away the football at the last minute. The last two times the bill came up for a vote, a number of promised "yes" votes turned to "no" votes at the last minute and the bill failed by a slim margin. Illinois' HB 30 has been called the most restrictive medical marijuana in the country. It can be reversed after three years and growing is prohibited. I have Crohn's Disease (which is included in the language of the bill), so even this restrictive law would benefit me greatly. Unfortunately, I'm not optimistic. The vote is expected to be close, but its chance of passing are slim.