Senate overrides governor's veto of medical marijuana

June 30, 2005

Liz Anderson, Scott Mayerowitz, and Bruce Landis, Providence Journal (RI)

Working late into the night, weary lawmakers slogged on toward adjournment yesterday, battling over whether to institute new controls on prostitution and wine sales, confirming a new director of the state Department of Environmental Management and holding a Senate vote to override Governor Carcieri's veto of medical marijuana legislation.

In voting 28 to 6 in favor of the override, senators rejected objections of Senate Minority Leader Dennis L. Algiere, R-Westerly, who said that while the governor supports 'effective pain management techniques,' marijuana is 'an addictive drug' and the bill would allow 'nearly anyone' to grow the plant.

The House sponsor of the bill, Rep. Thomas Slater, D-Providence, said House Speaker William J. Murphy, D-West Warwick, had agreed to an override vote, but not this week. The House and Senate will both meet again today.

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