Medical marijuana bill passes NM Senate

February 07, 2007

, Associated Press

The New Mexico Senate has passed a proposal to allow certain patients to legally use marijuana under a state-run program.

The Senate voted 34-7 Wednesday in favor of the proposal, which heads to the House.

Governor Richardson says he would support a bill that includes proper safeguards to prevent abuse.

The bill creates a program run by the state Department of Health in which patients with cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and other conditions could participate. They would need certification from their physicians.

Supporters say the drug combats nausea and relieves other symptoms of cancer and other debilitating diseases.

But opponents say marijuana remains illegal under federal law, subjecting patients who use it to possible prosecution.

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