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A look at medical marijuana laws in the U.S.

Late last year, Congress cleared the way for the District to enact a 1998 ballot measure that legalizes the possession, use, cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana. The D.C. Council is now crafting legislation to implement the voter-approved initiative. Nationwide, 14 states have legalized marijuana use for medical purposes. Here's a look at how the programs compare:

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State Medicinal marijuana
statutory language
Patient registry Allow dispensaries Specify conditions
Alaska Measure 8 (1998); SB 94 (1999); Statute Title 17, Chapter 37
Yes
A-Yes
No
Yes
A-Yes
California Proposition 215 (1996); SB 420 (2003)
Yes
A-Yes
Yes
A-Yes
No
Colorado Amendment 20 (2000)
Yes
A-Yes
Yes
A-Yes
Yes
A-Yes
D.C. Initiative 59 (1998); LR 720 (2010)
Under consideration
Being considered
Under consideration
Being considered
Under consideration
Being considered
Hawaii SB 862 (2000)
Yes
A-Yes
No
Yes
A-Yes
Maine Question 2 (1999): LD 611 (2002); Question 5 (2009)
Yes
A-Yes
Yes
A-Yes
Yes
A-Yes
Michigan Proposal 1 (2008)
Yes
A-Yes
No
Yes
A-Yes
Montana Initiative 148 (2004)
Yes
A-Yes
No
Yes
A-Yes
Nevada Question 9 (2000); NRS 453A NAC 453A
Yes
A-Yes
No
Yes
A-Yes
New Jersey QSB 119 (2009)
Yes
A-Yes
Yes
A-Yes
Yes
A-Yes
New Mexico SB 523 (2007)
Yes
A-Yes
Yes
A-Yes
Yes
A-Yes
Oregon Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (1998); SB 161 (2007)
Yes
A-Yes
No
Yes
A-Yes
Rhode Island SB 791 (2007); SB 185 (2009)
Yes
A-Yes
Yes
A-Yes
Yes
A-Yes
Vermont SB 76 (2004); SB 7 (2007)
Yes
A-Yes
No
Yes
A-Yes
Washington Initiative 692 (1998)
No
No
Yes
A-Yes

Under consideration Under consideration by the D.C. Council.

SOURCE: National Conference of State Legislatures. Published March 23, 2010 - The Washington Post

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