March 4th, 2003 14:14:51
A proposal to allow the medical use of marijuana by New Mexicans with certain illnesses is heading to the House for debate.
The measure cleared the House Judiciary Committee on a 9-1 vote Monday.
The legislation would make marijuana possession and use legal under state law for patients seriously ill with cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, HIV or AIDS and certain spinal cord injuries.
Those patients, or their caregivers, would be protected from prosecution under state law. However, opponents warned that they could be subject to federal drug charges.
District attorneys and law enforcement groups testified against the legislation.
It would be up to the patients to get the marijuana. The state would
not be a producer or distributor.
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