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First WV Public Discussion On Medical Marijuana Scheduled

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Reported: Nov. 20, 2013 11:40 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 20, 2013 12:27 PM EST

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Medical Marijuana Hearing
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

State lawmakers have discussed this issue before, but members of the public will be given an opportunity to weigh in on the issue of medical marijuana legislation.

The West Virginia Legislature Joint Committee on Health was slated to have its first public discussion Wednesday on legislation it has been studying that would allow individuals with debilitating illness to use marijuana if their doctors recommend it, according to a news release from a legislative analyst. The meeting is scheduled for 12 p.m. in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

"Marijuana has proven medical benefits, and seriously ill individuals should be able to use it without fear of arrest and prosecution," said Marijuana Policy Project legislative analyst Matt Simon, a West Virginia native and graduate of West Virginia University. "We are pleased to see legislators are educating themselves on the issue, and we hope they will move forward with this compassionate and much-needed legislation.

"Seriously ill people in 20 states and our nation's capital have the right to treat their conditions with medical marijuana," Simon said. "West Virginians are just as deserving of legal and safe access to their medicine."



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