Med. Marijuana Lobbyist Won't Be Eligible

A seriously ill woman that lobbied to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois won't be eligible to get it herself because of a drug charge.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports ( ) 53-year-old Michelle DiGiacomo won't be able to get the medicinal marijuana under the new law because was arrested in 2012 for having marijuana in her possession. She pleaded guilty to felony possession, months before Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill into law. The drug charge disqualifies her from getting medical marijuana in Illinois.

She suffers from fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and spinal stenosis, among other things, and had been using marijuana for pain relief.

DiGiacomo got a license to buy medical marijuana in California, where it's legal. But it was still illegal in Illinois.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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