By DAVID BEARD
The Dominion Post
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates spent about three hours late April 3 debating two alternate new versions of the medical cannabis bill, SB 386.
In a 51-48 vote, they chose a Republican leadership version about three times as long and far different from the original Senate bill. Supporters of the original bill fear that this version will die when it returns to the Senate.
Judiciary chair John Shott, R-Mercer, and Delegate Mark Zatezalo, R- Hancock, offered the winning version, nearly 60 pages long.
The losing amendment, only 17 pages, was offered by Delegate Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, and a bipartisan group of five others.
The House was set to work on additional amendments to the Shott amendment into the evening. The bill is up for third reading and passage April 4.
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