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    03 January 2006

    Medi-Pot becomes legal in another state

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    Medi-Pot won support from the Rhode Island legislature today. This win overrode a governor's veto. This is a huge win, given that the Feds have won the right to charge you if you legally use Medi-Pot.
    Rhode Island on Tuesday became the 11th state to legalize medical marijuana and the first since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that patients who use the drug can still be prosecuted under federal law.

    The House overrode a veto by Gov. Don Carcieri, 59-13, allowing people with illnesses such as cancer and AIDS to grow up to 12 marijuana plants or buy 2.5 ounces of marijuana to relieve their symptoms. Those who do are required to register with the state and get an identification card.

    Federal law prohibits any use of marijuana, but Maine, Vermont, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington allow it to be grown and used for medicinal purposes.

    The U.S. high court ruled June 6 that people who smoke marijuana because their doctors recommend it can still be prosecuted under federal drug laws, even if their states allow it.

    Federal authorities, however, have conceded they are unlikely to prosecute many medicinal marijuana users.

    Posted by Geoff

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