House gives green light for DC residents to use medical marijuana

House gives green light for DC residents to use medical marijuana

House gives green light for DC residents to use medical marijuana

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by Christine Wright

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 5:46 PM

(WHAS11)  On Capitol Hill, the House is giving the green light for DC residents to use medical marijuana.

Congress has debated medical marijuana; in 1998, DC voters passed a referendum allowing patients to use medical marijuana, but it was quickly overturned by a republican-controlled congress.

But the now Democrat-controlled congress says it’s time for things to change.  “We just don’t think it’s right to have a cancer or aids patient whose doctor has recommended that they use marijuana being subject to arrest and prosecution.  It’s simply not fair,” said a spokesperson.

The medical marijuana provision is part of the federal government’s massive spending bill.

President Obama does not object to the provision.

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