By Tracy Clemons

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KSDK) - Ilinois is one step closer to allowing medical marijuana.

A Senate Executive Committee voted in favor of the bill creating a four year pilot program. The House already approved the bill last month. If it passes, and the Governor signs it into law, there would be 22 growing centers and 60 dispensaries regulated by Illinois State Police.

Bob Dauber, 83, of Mascoutah says he's ready for this to be passed. The long-time owner of Dauber Pharmacy has Crohn's disease and glaucoma. He's never smoked pot, but says that could change.

"You bet I'd consider using it. It's up to my doctors," Dauber said. "I'm not going to go there and say 'hey I want it.' I have never tried marijuana at all. I'm a registered pharmacist. It's been illegal, and so I would never use a drug that's illegal."

NewsChannel 5 contacted Gov. Pat Quinn's office, but his staff wouldn't say whether he will sign the bill if it makes it to his desk.

If it passes, it would takeone year for the dispensaries to be up and running.