Sen. Durbin supportive of medical marijuana

September 06, 2007

, Associated Press

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he supports allowing the use of marijuana when it's prescribed for medical purposes by a physician.

The Illinois Democrat staked out the position at a constituent gathering on Capitol Hill in response to a question from a woman suffering from multiple sclerosis.

But the Senate's second highest ranking Democrat told The Associated Press he has no plan to introduce a bill to have federal law reflect his position.

Durbin says people with pain look for relief in every direction.

He asks why one should exclude the chemical in marijuana that can be used to treat glaucoma simply because some people abuse it for recreational purposes.

He says that makes no sense.



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