Registration date in April for medical marijuana use

March 01, 2006

Ass, WPRI -TV (RI)

Rhode Islanders will soon be able to obtain permission from the Health Department to grow limited amounts of marijuana for medical use.

The Health Department intends to issue registration cards starting April third for patients with certain illnesses and their primary caregivers. Rhode Island last month became the eleventh state to allow sick people to use marijuana as medicine.

But federal law still bans the drug, and so far no state has found a way for patients to legally, conveniently and safely acquire it. Patients who spoke out at a hearing yesterday mostly objected to the 75-dollar registration fee.

An advocate suggested charging lower fees for those on public assistance, similar to a system in Oregon.

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