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Senate passes marijuana legalization bill on second reading

Senate passes marijuana legalization bill on second reading

Twenty-nine states, the District of Columbia, and the US territories of Guam and Puerto Rico have passed laws protecting medical marijuana laws.

The Assembly health committee approved the measure, with Democrats supporting it and Republicans opposed.

"There is no benefit in denying a patient relief", Democratic Assemblyman Herb Conaway of Burlington County, the chairman of the committee, said in a statement.

The state will allow as many as eight medical schools to conduct research on medical marijuana.

The federal government prohibits doctors from prescribing medical marijuana.

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Prior to the vote, reported the Associated Press, Republican Assemblyman Brian Rumpf said he questioned whether such an expansion was supported by science. Rumpf voted against the measure.

The measure increases the maximum amount of marijuana that can be dispensed in 30-day period from two ounces to four.

Medical schools in the state will work with separate marijuana growers to supply the substance for research.

The uncertainty was triggered by Conservative senators, who were hoping to deliver a double-barrelled embarrassment to Trudeau: upending one of his signature election promises, while demonstrating the folly of his efforts to reform the Senate into a less partisan, more independent chamber.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whose state, Massachusetts, voted to legalize marijuana, has staked out a fight against Trump and Sessions with a bill to protect states' rights to legalize pot, a direct counter to moves by Sessions to let the Justice Department prosecute marijuana crimes in states where pot is legal. It would also remove the current requirement that physicians certify a patient for medical marijuana.