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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND ETHICS

MEASURES

 

MEASURE #
PROPONENT
PETITIONS ISSUED
FILING DEADLINE
FILED DATE
Initiative 60
Michael Ramirez
6/3/98
11/30/98
 
INITIATIVE MEASURE NO. 60

SHORT  TITLE
"Medical Use of Marijuana Initiative of 1998"

SUMMARY  STATEMENT


This Initiative permits the medical use of marijuana by patients suffering from certain debilitating conditions including cancer, glaucoma and AIDS.  This Initiative: 
  • Permits eligible patients to possess, use and cultivate marijuana solely for medical purposes, without criminal penalty;
  • Requires approval by a licensed physician;
  • Authorizes the Director of the Department of Public Health to approve or deny eligible conditions;
  • Establishes restrictions with respect to authorized medical use of marijuana;
  • Limits the liability of private insurance providers to pay for medical         marijuana;
  • Requires law enforcement officials to return property and drug paraphernalia seized in medical marijuana arrests under certain circumstances.