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(S.D.)-Panel Kills Medical Defense For Marijuana Charge

By: Jeremy Anderson Posted at: 02/05/2013 11:04 AM
     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota House committee has rejected a measure that would have let people charged with possessing small amounts of marijuana argue in court that they need it for medical reasons.
     The Health and Human Services Committee voted 7-6 to kill the bill.
     The sponsors said they do not want to legalize marijuana or set up a distribution system where people could get it for medical purposes. But they said people suffering or dying from cancer or other diseases should be able to use medical necessity as a defense in court.
     State and local law enforcement officials opposed the bill, saying it could open the door to eventual legalization of marijuana in South Dakota.


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