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By Steve King
Topic - Matthew Allen
As the state Senate begins debate Wednesday on a more than $36 billion state budget, medical marijuana advocates are objecting to proposed amendments they say will impose new taxes on low-income, chronically ill patients and further delay opening of state-licensed dispensaries.
State police say 34-year-old Plaquemine man died in a single vehicle crash on La. Highway 75.
"To tax sick and suffering patients is just wrong," Allen said Tuesday. "By their very nature, medical marijuana patients tend to be lower income people because that's the nature of serious and chronic illness."
Matthew Allen, executive director of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, said his group is working to defeat the amendments, including proposals to subject medical marijuana and marijuana-infused brownies, cookies and other "edibles" to the state's 6.25 percent sales tax.