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Story Retrieval Date: 5/22/2013 10:42:43 AM CST
Thirteen states have enacted medical marijuana laws since 1996. They are Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Michigan.
Other states considering medical marijuana legislation this year are:
New Hampshire - The New Hampshire House passed a bill that would allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana if their doctor recommends it. It now must move to the Senate. Four similar bills died in the House in the past.
Illinois- The Illinois bill has been approved by the Senate Public Health Committee. A companion bill in the House gained Health and Human Services Committee approval in March.
Minnesota- The House Public Safety Policy and Oversight Committee approved the House version of Minnesota's medical marijuana bill.
New Jersey – Sen. Nicholas Scutari introduced a bill in January that would permit medical use of marijuana.
Tennessee– Recently, Sen. Beverly Marrero, D-Memphis, and Rep. Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis, introduced companion medical marijuana bills.This legislation would allow terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana pursuant to a physician's recommendation. Registered patients or their caregivers would be allowed to possess up to eight ounces of dried marijuana and six mature or 12 immature marijuana plants.
Iowa – The bill was introduced in March.
Missouri– Past attempts at medical marijuana legislation failed to get out of committee.
Florida - Floridians could vote for the first time next year to allow marijuana for medical use. A petition drive, started last week by an Orlando woman whose father has Parkinson's disease, would make the drug legal for any condition as prescribed by a doctor.