Rhode Island is now the 11th state to legalize medical marijuana. It is the first state to do so since the Supreme Court decided in June that state recognized medical marijuana users can be prosecuted under federal law.
The House passed the bill 59-13, overriding a veto from Gov. Don Carcieri. Now people with cancer and AIDS, among other conditions, may grow up to 12 marijuana plants or buy 2.5 ounces. Users must register with the state and get an ID card.
The other ten states with medical marijuana programs are Maine, Vermont, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Users in these states are still vulnerable under federal law, but prosecution is unlikely.