Medical Marijuana Ballot Proposal Filed in Nevada 3/20/98

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A ballot proposal which would amend the state constitution to allow for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes was filed in Nevada on March 13 by a representative of the group Americans for Medical Rights. The proposal would allow Nevada residents who suffer from cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and other "chronic or debilitating conditions" to possess and use marijuana with a doctor's permission.

Two votes are necessary to amend the Nevada Constitution, but first, supporters must collect over 46,000 signatures in order to get the proposal on the ballot. If they succeed, and if the voters pass the measure in '98, it will go to the voters again, for final approval, in November of '99. Dave Fratello, spokesman for Americans for Medical Rights, told The Week Online, "signature gathering should begin within a week or so. We have until August to gather the signatures, and Nevada law stipulates that we need a certain number from each county. But we're confident that we will meet the requirements and pass medical marijuana in Nevada."

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