EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWV Lawmakers To Hear Presentation On Medical Marijuana
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
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Also Contributing: Katelyn Sykes
Reported: Sep. 23, 2013 10:28 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 23, 2013 12:35 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
West Virginia lawmakers on Wednesday were scheduled to receive information on an issue that has sparked controversy across the country – medical marijuana.
During an interim meeting at the state Capitol, the Joint Committee on Health was slated to hear a presentation on medical marijuana programs and related state laws. The information is being presented by Karmen Hanson, health program manager for the National Conference of State Legislatures, and legislative analyst Matt Simon.
The presentation is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in House Government Organization, Room 215 E.
The controversial topic already has people talking in Charleston.
"I feel that it makes sense because people are going to do it anyways, so why not tax it?" said Cassie Wooldridge of Charleston. "They go on and on about how we need money, there's no money, so why not?"
Former South Charleston mayor Richie Robb said there are people "abusing drugs that are already supposedly strictly regulated. It's a hard one in a state where we have, I think we have an epidemic of drug abuse in West Virginia, and I think we need to crack down hard on it anyhow."
Medical marijuana has prompted controversy across the country. Twenty states and Washington, D.C., have passed medical marijuana laws. Colorado and Washington State have laws passed legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The American Medical Association has said it wants the federal government to reconsider its stance on the drug. The association is encouraging changing the drug's status so more studies can be done to determine its medical benefits, if any. The organization said it's not endorsing the legalization of marijuana or any state medical marijuana program.
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