Senate panel votes down medical marijuana bill...

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March 03, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Senate panel votes down medical marijuana bill

Legislation that would have decriminalized marijuana use for medical purposes was killed yesterday by a state Senate committee.

The bill would have exempted from prosecution patients whose doctors advise smoking marijuana to ease the pain and nausea associated with treatment for cancer and AIDS, among other diseases. It was defeated by the Judicial Proceedings Committee, 7-3.

Although several senators said they supported the bill's intent to help people who are ill, they worried that it created too many loopholes for drug enforcement. A similar House measure likely will be withdrawn.

Minority contracting bill approved by Senate panel

Gov. Parris N. Glendening's proposal to increase the state's minority contracting goal from 14 percent to 25 percent won approval in a Senate committee yesterday after the panel rejected an amendment that would have diluted the bill.

The Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee voted 8-2 for the bill after rejecting an amendment by Sen. Christopher J. McCabe, a Howard Republican, that would have cut the goal to 18 percent and eliminated the legislation's specific targets for blacks and women.

Bill letting pupils cross school district lines killed

A state Senate committee killed a measure yesterday that would have allowed children living temporarily with their grandparents or other relatives in "kinship care" to attend school in the area where they're staying.

Education officials had opposed the bill, saying it would likely be abused by families wishing to send their children to better schools than the ones in their home area.

The Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee referred the issue to summer study.

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