Lawmakers give final approval to medical marijuana

March 14, 2007

, Associated Press

Lawmakers have sent Gov. Bill Richardson a bill legalizing the medical use of marijuana.

Richardson is expected to sign the measure.

The Senate gave final approval to the bill on Wednesday, agreeing with a minor change the House had made in the legislation.

The bill creates a program in the state Department of Health.

Patients with debilitating illnesses or in hospice whose doctors recommended them could be certified to use marijuana.

They could not grow their own. The health agency would be in charge of obtaining and distributing it.

The bill’s supporters say New Mexico will be the 12th state to authorize some sort of medical marijuana program.

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