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Title: Expands Medical Marijuana Uses

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands the medical marijuana authorization to certain medical conditions.


  • Authorizes a patient, or a patient’s primary caregiver, to obtain a medical cannabis registration card if the patient has received a written recommendation from a healthcare practitioner stating the patient is suffering from a “debilitating medical condition” (Sec. 8).
  • Defines “debilitating medical condition” as certain conditions, including, but not limited to cancer, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy (Sec. 6).
  • Requires the Department of Public Health to license 12 medical cannabis dispensaries by April 1, 2016 (Sec. 12).
  • Requires the department to license 4 cannabis manufacturers to produce medical cannabis by December 1, 2015 (Sec. 10).
  • Prohibits individuals from smoking medical cannabis (Sec. 17).


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