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Talks Regarding Legalizing Medical Marijuana in the Mountain State
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on November 20, 2013 @ 11:05PM
Created on November 20, 2013 @ 9:46PM

Legal medical marijuana use may be realistic here in the Mountain State in the near future. That's because at a Joint Committee on Health meeting today in our capitol, the news was released that a bill allowing the use of medical marijuana is being drafted for consideration in the upcoming legislative session.

Twenty other states and Washington, DC let people legally use marijuana for medical purposes. The chief counsel for the House Committee on Health and Human Resources apparently wants the Mountain State to follow suit. That's because he's drafting a bill for lawmakers that would allow people with certain illnesses, like cancer, to possess a certain amount of the marijuana. If it passes, the drug would be distributed at five centers throughout the state.

A marijuana policy project legislative analyst said marijuana has proven medical benefits and he thinks seriously ill patients should be able to use it without being afraid they could be arrested and charged for it.

People around here also think legalizing marijuana for medical use is a good idea.

It's a very comprehensive bill and a decision will be made in January on whether or not it will proceed.

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Comments (3)
Nov 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM
I agree that it's time to throw away old stereotypes. Alcohol is far more likely to cause violence and car crashes and yet it is legal. What's next, are we to ban the use of coffee because it has the drug caffeine in it? More people die from an overdose of prescription drugs each year than any of the illegal drugs. The "war on drugs" has been a total failure and a costly one at that. Why don't we axe the failed war on drugs from our national budget instead of cutting people's Social Security and Medicare? To deny people the use of a substance that can ease their pain and suffering is just plain ignorant and hateful. Yes, to medical marijuana!
Nov 21, 2013 at 12:29 PM
I can't believe they would pass this! What is this going to teach our children? When all along we have taught them to say No To Drugs! What are you going to say to a parent when a person that is high on marijuana drives into and kills their child? That the person whom is high on marijuana is Sick and not responsible for killing your child! This is something to think about because it could be your child lying there dying by the hands of a person high on marijuana!
Nov 21, 2013 at 6:16 AM
It's about time we throw away old stereotypes about this drug and allow the positive benefits of it to be used. I think if it's legal for medical use, it will be much LESS abused as a recreational drug. To say people will totally abandon abusing it would be a false statement. However, I strongly believe that it not have the attraction it now has as a "gateway" drug.
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