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"So what if it's risky? It's the right thing to do," said Richardson, one of the candidates in the crowded 2008 field. "What we're talking about is 160 people in deep pain. It only affects them."
The legislation would create a program under which some patients — with a doctor's recommendation — could use marijuana provided by the state health department. Lawmakers approved the bill Wednesday. The governor is expected to sign it in the next few weeks.
Richardson has supported the proposal since he first ran in 2002. But he pushed especially hard for it this year, leaning on some Democrats to change their votes after the bill initially failed.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
He's supporting a bill to allow for medical marijuana, not total legalization. From the story, I get the feeling that law sounds more restrictive than ones in California, where basically you just needed a doctor's note and cannabis shops started popping up everywhere. It looks here like the State itself will supply it to an expected very small number of people who qualify.