"Affirmative Defense" is good start……
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From: "Lifevine" <Lifevine@Hemp.net>
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 5:33 PM
Subject: [mmjlist] MMJ in Kansas!
> KANSAS SENATE BILL!
> SB 556
> Also known as the Medical Marijuana Defense Act, this act would allow
> physicians to make written recommendations that using marijuana would
> likely be of benefit to their patients. If arrested for possession of
> marijuana, a patient holding a recommendation from his or her physician
> would be able to assert an affirmative defense to any charges arising from
> his or her medical use of marijuana. If a court accepts the affirmative
> defense, it would mean that a patient could avoid criminal charges. The
> bill would not, however, protect patients from the initial arrest.
> Only seriously ill patients would be able to assert the affirmative
> defense. Qualifying conditions include: cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS,
> hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Crohn’s disease.
> Certain chronic or debilitating diseases that produce one or more of the
> following would also be covered: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe
> pain; severe nausea; seizures (epilepsy); Alzheimer’s disease; or severe
> and persistent muscle spasms (multiple sclerosis).
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