State medical marijuana applications open next month

September 23, 2004

Associated Press, WCAX-TV

MONTPELIER, Vt. The state of Vermont will begin taking applications next month from people who want to legally use marijuana to cope with serious medical ailments.

Last spring, the Legislature passed a 'medical marijuana bill.' Governor James Douglas allowed it to become law without his signature.

The law means Vermonters won't face prosecution for using or possessing small amounts of marijuana if they have state identity cards certifying they meet certain standards.

To qualify, an individual must have terminal cancer or AIDS, or serious symptoms caused by AIDS, cancer, H-I-V, multiple sclerosis or the treatments for any of these diseases.

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