Senate overrides medical marijuana veto
June 20, 2007
The state Senate overrides Governor Carcieri's veto of a medical marijuana program. A spokesman for Senate President Joseph Montalbano says the vote was 29 to four. House lawmakers are planning a similar vote later this week.
Democratic lawmakers are trying to make permanent a program allowing seriously ill patients to use marijuana to ease their symptoms.
Carcieri, a Republican, opposes the program because he says it leaves patients open to federal prosecution and encourages them to buy drugs from illicit dealers.