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Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Final Hurdle En Route to Governor

New Mexico Poised to Become 12th State to Legalize Use of Medical Cannabis

The Senate quickly approved a House floor amendment to the Senate substitute bill for SB 523, the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act today, sending the bill to Gov. Bill Richardson's desk for his signature.

The House floor amendment states that medical marijuana cannot be distributed within 300 feet of any church, school or day-care center.

Reena Szczepanski at (505) 699-0798 or Tommy McDonald at (505)983-3277

New Mexico on Verge of Becoming Twelfth State to Legalize Use of Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Final Hurdle En Route to Governor Richardson

New Mexico is on the verge of becoming the twelfth state to approve doctor-recommended medical marijuana for the sick and dying. The New Mexico House of Representatives on Tuesday night passed the Senate substitute bill for SB 523, the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, by a 36-31 margin. The bill would allow qualified patients suffering from certain illnesses, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and epilepsy, to use medical cannabis for relief of their symptoms.

Reena Szczepanski at (505) 699-0798 or Tommy McDonald at (505)983-3277

Influential House Armed Services Chair Calls for Rethinking

Misguided War on Drugs Undermining War on Terror as President Bush Moves to Export

A top U.S. lawmaker urged the Bush administration yesterday to rethink U.S.

Bill Piper at (202)669-6430

White House Pushes Controversial Student Drug Testing Agenda at Summit in Honolulu on March 27

Concerned Citizens to provide Educators with Missing Information; Parents, and Experts and Others Available for Interview

Honolulu, HI -- The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is conducting a series of regional summits designed to convince local educators to implement across-the-board random, suspicionless student drug testing. This policy is unsupported by the available science and opposed by leading experts in adolescent health.

Pamela Lichty at (808) 224-3056 or Kit Grant at (808) 552-5904

New Mexico House Votes Down Medical Marijuana Bill

The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act (SB 238) Dies by 36-33 Margin

SANTA FE--The New Mexico House of Representatives voted down a medical marijuana bill by a 36-33 margin tonight after intense debate.

The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act (SB 238) would have allowed qualified patients suffering from certain illnesses, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and epilepsy, to use medical cannabis for relief of their symptoms. The bill passed the Senate by a 34-7 margin.

The bill originally failed by a 33 to 33 margin, but Rep. Al Park claimed he was unable to vote. After a motion to reconsider by Rep.

Reena Szczepanski at (505) 699-0798 or Tommy McDonald at (505)983-3277

911 Good Samaritan Bill Clears the House; Awaits Governor

SB 200 Passed House by 42-25 Margin

SANTA FE--A measure that would shield people who seek help for a friend or family member who is experiencing a drug overdose and call 911 passed the House of Representatives by a 42-25 margin last night. The bill now awaits Gov. Bill Richardson's signature. If signed, it will be the first state law of its kind in the nation.

SB 200, the 911 Good Samaritan bill, addresses the overwhelming rates of drug-related overdoses in New Mexico by encouraging people to call 911 in the event of an overdose.

Reena Szczepanski at (505) 699-0798 or Tommy McDonald at (505) 983-3277

Medical Marijuana Bill Clears House of Representatives; Bill Now One Step Away from Gov. Richardson

Senate Substitute Bill for SB 523, the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, Passed House by 36-31 Margin
New Mexico Poised to Become 12th State to Endorse Use of Medical Cannabis

The New Mexico House of Representatives passed the Senate substitute bill for SB 523, the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act by a 36-31 margin today. The bill would allow qualified patients suffering from certain illnesses, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and epilepsy, to use medical cannabis for relief of their symptoms.

During debate, the bill was amended, requiring it to go back to the Senate, where it is expected to be approved.

Reena Szczepanski at (505) 699-0798 or Tommy McDonald at (505)983-3277

Supreme Court Could Silence Student Political Speech in

Student Drug Policy Activists to Rally Outside Court

WASHINGTON, DC -- Dozens of high school students with signs and banners will hold a free speech rally outside the Supreme Court on Monday as justices hear oral arguments in Morse v. Frederick. If the government has its way, the ruling in the case could allow school administrators to punish students just for questioning the effectiveness of the D.A.R.E.

Tom Angell at (202) 293-4414 or Tony Newman at (646) 335-5384

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes House Judiciary Committee 9 to 2

The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act Now Heads to the House Floor

Santa Fe -- The House Judiciary Committee passed the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act (SB 238) Monday afternoon by a 9 to 2 margin. The bill would allow qualified patients suffering from certain illnesses, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and epilepsy, to use medical cannabis for relief of their symptoms.

The bill now heads to the House floor for a vote, which could occur as early as Thursday.

"All we've ever wanted is an 'up or down' vote on the bill," said Reena Szczepanski, director of the Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico.

Reena Szczepanski at (505) 699-0798 or Julie Roberts at (505) 983-3277

Vancouver to Start Prescribing Oral Stimulants to Treat Addiction to Cocaine and Methamphetamine

Studies in the U.S., U.K. and Australia Show Promising Results

Vancouver's mayor, Sam Sullivan, has introduced a pilot program to determine if prescribing oral stimulants can help people struggling with addiction to cocaine, methamphetamine and other stimulants.

The program, the Chronic Addiction Substitution Treatment program (CAST), will administer oral doses of stimulant drugs, dispensed at local pharmacies, to chronic addicts who volunteer for treatment. The project also will include counseling and homelessness services. A heroin maintenance trial is already underway in Vancouver and Montreal.

Tony Newman at 646-335-5384
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