Medical marijuana legislation heads to Rhode Island governor

May 31, 2007

, Associated Press

A bill that would make the state's medical marijuana program permanent is expected to have enough support to sustain a veto from the governor.

The Senate on Wednesday passed the legislation by a 29 to five vote. The House approved an identical bill last week by a 51 to 12 margin.

Governor Carcieri has threatened to veto the legislation.

Currently, patients with debilitating illnesses are permitted to possess up to 12 marijuana plants or up to 2.5 ounces of the drug. Supporters say marijuana can ease the pain associated with terminal illnesses.

The bill passed by the General Assembly also removes a sunset provision that would cause the program to expire on June 30th.

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