House rejects medical marijuana

March 08, 2007

, Associated Press

The House rejected a bill to legalize the medical use of marijuana Thursday on a 33-36 vote, effectively killing the measure for the year.

The measure previously had passed the Senate and Governor Richardson had expressed support for it.

The proposal would have allowed the use of marijuana for pain or other symptoms of debilitating illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, HIV-AIDS and certain spinal cord injuries

Supporters say marijuana could help patients who don’t respond to other treatment, such as an individual who suffers from nausea because of treatments for the cancer.

Opponents dispute the medical value of marijuana and warn that legalizing marijuana would send the wrong message to children about the use of drugs.

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