Medical marijuana on session agenda

The Associated Press

SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he will put medical marijuana legislation on the agenda of the 30-day session.

The governor had been hesitant to do so, saying the agenda for the short session was already packed and the bill was controversial.

But on Wednesday he said, “This issue is too important and there are too many New Mexicans suffering to delay this issue any further.”

The legislation would allow patients seriously ill with cancer, AIDS or certain other illnesses legal access to marijuana.

Patients would be recommended by their doctors to a program overseen by the state Department of Health.

The bill has been introduced several times. Last year’s measure passed the Senate and two House committees, but was never voted on by the full House.