Senate committee endorses medical marijuana bill

January 24, 2006

Associated Press, KOB - TV (NM)

A Senate committee Tuesday endorsed a bill legalizing marijuana use by some critically ill patients.

Supporters say marijuana helps them deal with the chronic nausea caused by the medications that are keeping them alive.

The Senate Public Affairs Committee unanimously passed the medical marijuana bill.   It has to clear two more committees before it reached the full Senate for a vote.

The legislation would allow the use of marijuana by patients who have debilitating diseases such as cancer or AIDS.

The patients also would have to be referred by their doctors to a program run by the state Department of Health.

District attorneys and police agencies say the bill would put them in a tough spot because marijuana is illegal under federal law.

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