SACRAMENTO, Sep. 1: Senator Vasconcellos' medical marijuana research bill, SB 535, died as the result of a legislative accident today, when the State Senate was adjourned prematurely before the Assembly could finish business. SB 535 was on the floor of the Assembly and had a good shot at passage, when Senate President John Burton announced he was adjourning the State Senate early as part of a dispute with the Assembly concerning other matters.
Medical marijuana backers were disappointed by the failure of SB 535, although Gov. Wilson was expected to veto the bill. They expect the bill will be re-introduced and signed into law next year, since both leading candidates for governor have announced their support for it.
For more information, contact California NORML at (415) 563-5858 or e-mail [email protected].
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Issue #57, 9/04/98
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