Governor signs medical marijuana bill

April 01, 2007

Reed Upton, KOB TV 4

Governor Bill Richardson on Monday morning signed into law a measure that makes New Mexico the 12th state to allow the use of medical marijuana.

The bill requires a doctor’s permission to use marijuana.  Patients with debilitating illnesses or in hospice whose doctors recommended them could be certified to use marijuana.

The patients could not grow their own. The New Mexico Health Department would be in charge of obtaining and distributing it.

Richardson described the measure as a humane piece of legislation that assures sufficient safeguards.

“This law will allow much needed relief for New Mexicans suffering from debilitating diseases,” said Richardson.  “It is the right thing to do.”

The measure creates an eight-person team of health-care professionals with expertise in serious medical conditions to oversee the program.

The bill takes effect on June 15.

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