R.I. lawmakers delay vote on medical marijuana

April 24, 2007

, Associated Press

Rhode Island lawmakers delay a vote on extending the state's medical marijuana program.

Under the law, residents suffering from illnesses including cancer and AIDS can apply for cards from the Department of Health allowing them to legally use marijuana. Selling marijuana remains illegal under state and federal law.

Unless lawmakers vote to renew it, the program will expire June 30th.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the measure Tuesday. State senators are also planning a vote next week.

A spokesman for Gov. Carcieri says he's likely to veto the bill because it doesn't provide patients a legal way to buy drugs. Carcieri says he also worries the bill will stimulate the illegal drug trade.

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