Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would legalize the use of marijuana to ease symptoms of chronic and debilitating illnesses and regulate the centers that distribute the drug.

“Marijuana has proven its medical efficacy,” Rep. Frank Smizik, D-Brookline, testified before the Legislature’s public health committee Tuesday. “This bill is about more than just common sense; it’s about compassion.”

Smizik is co-sponsoring the bill that would legalize and regulate the use of medical marijuana for patients with specific illnesses.

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Telegram and Gazette, June 29, 2011 (AP Story)