Senate overrides medical marijuana veto

June 20, 2007

, Associated Press

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.

The program will expire this month unless the House and Senate override Carcieri's veto. The program applies to patients with cancer, AIDS and other debilitating illnesses.

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.

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