SANTA FE, N.M. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has put medical marijuana legislation on the agenda for lawmakers to debate in coming weeks.
“This issue is too important and there are too many New Mexicans suffering to delay this issue any further,” Richardson said Wednesday.
The proposed legislation would allow patients seriously ill with cancer, AIDS or certain other illnesses legal access to marijuana. Patients would be recommended by their doctors to a program overseen by the state Department of Health.
A similar measure passed the state Senate last year but never reached a vote in the House. Federal law prohibits any use of marijuana, but 11 states allow it be grown and used for medicinal purposes.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition of January 27, 2006.