On January 3, 2006, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 59-13 to override Governor Don Carcieri's (R) veto of legislation allowing the prescription of marijuana to seriously ill patients. The law allows critically ill people to grow as many as 12 plants or to purchase as much as 2.5 ounces of marijuana with a doctor's permission as needed to treat their symptoms. Advocates argued that the bill would help AIDS and cancer patients. Carcieri argued that the bill fails to provide legal users with legal sources of the drug, and potentially exposes Rhode Islanders to federal convictions.
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