Med-pot states

? Hawaii will likely join California, Arizona, Washington, Oregon and Alaska in approving marijuana for medicinal use. Two different bills allowing med-pot use were passed in mid-March, one by the Senate and one by the House. The bills will likely be combined into a single piece of legislation.
? A Minnessota bill to provide legal protection for med-pot users was voted down by the state Senate on March 3.

? Almost 70% of voters in Washington DC voted last year to allow med-pot use, but Congress blocked the measure from becoming law.

? Washington state is considering amending its med-pot law to allow the herb for anyone suffering from certain symptoms, rather than listing specific diseases as it does now. Washington’s Medical Quality Assurance Commission has already added Crohn’s disease and hepatitis C to the list of pot-approved ailments.

The proposed list of symptoms includes: gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, anorexia, and cramping; neurological symptoms such as seizures; mood disorders such as insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder.

? California Senator Maurice Johannessen has introduced a bill which would limit the number of plants that could be grown by the state’s medical users. The measure would ban cultivation of more than two plants outdoors, or six indoors. Doctors would be prohibited from recommending anyone use more than a quarter-ounce per week.