13 May 2016
The Cannabist Reports
Supporters of the measure had portrayed it as a more restrained approach than a proposed constitutional amendment being pursued as an initiative petition for the November ballot.
The legislation would have allowed doctors to recommend marijuana for patients suffering from debilitating illnesses, such as AIDS or epilepsy. The proposal also would have created a licensing regime for commercial marijuana growers and retailers, along with a system to track the drug from seed to sale.
It was defeated by a 85-71 vote. House lawmakers killed a similar measure in April after scaling it back to only cover hospice patients.
If the House had passed the measure, it still would have needed Senate approval by Friday, the Legislature’s deadline to pass bills. It then would have gone on the August ballot.