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Medical Marijuana Wins Final Vote In Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state Senate has given final approval to a bill legalizing medical marijuana in Delaware.

The legislation cleared the House last week after previous Senate passage, but House lawmakers added two minor changes that required Senate approval.

The Senate voted 17-to-4 on Wednesday to approve the revised bill, which now goes to Gov. Jack Markell for his signature.

The bill would allow people 18 and older with certain serious or debilitating conditions that could be alleviated by marijuana to possess up to six ounces of the drug.

Under the bill, qualifying patients would be referred to state-licensed and regulated “compassion centers,” which would be responsible for growing, cultivating and dispensing the marijuana. The bill allows for one not-for-profit compassion center in each county within a year of its passage.

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