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[MOL] Hawaii enacts medical marijuana law

Hawaii enacts medical marijuana law
    [06/15/2000; Reuters News Service]

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano on Wednesday
was expected to sign a law protecting seriously ill patients
who grow, possess and use marijuana from being arrested. Hawaii
thus becomes the first state in the nation to enact a medical
marijuana law crafted by state lawmakers. SB 862 cleared both
houses of the state legislature in April. Five other states in
the country have similar laws enacted through ballot initiatives.
California, in 1996, was the first to remove criminal penalties
for the medical use of marijuana. Alabama, Washington, Oregon
and Maine followed suit. Advocates for the medical use of marijuana
praised Hawaii lawmakers and Gov. Cayetano for standing up for

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