Press Release  | 02/28/2005

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Final Senate Committee

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Lynn Pierson Compassionate Use Act, SB 795, Heads to Senate Floor, Then to the House

Santa Fe - The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Lynn Pierson Compassionate Use Act this evening at 8 pm. The bill would allow qualified patients suffering from certain serious illnesses, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and epilepsy, to use medical marijuana for relief of their symptoms. As momentum continues to build, SB 795 heads to the Senate Floor, possibly as early as Wednesday

The director of the Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico, Reena Szczepanski, said, "This bill resolves any concerns that have been raised in previous years. Support has never been stronger for our most vulnerable New Mexicans, those that are seriously ill and dying."

A recent poll shows that 81% of New Mexico voters support legal access to medical marijuana. The Albuquerque Journal editorialized favorably on medical marijuana earlier this month, and the Clovis New Journal editorialized favorably on medical marijuana in December.

For more information, visit www.improvenewmexico.org or call Reena Szczepanski at (505) 699-0798.



Reena Szczepanski at (505) 699-0798

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