Source: Waco TribunHerald; Page 10A Pubdate: May 4, 1997 email: San Marcos Voters Keep Marijuana Illegal The Associated Press SAN MARCOS, Texas Voters handily rejected a ballot proposal that would have supported the use of marijuana for medicinal puposes. The proposition failed Saturday by a vote of 1708 to 785. "I'm not sure this sends any particular message other than that a small Central Texas munucipal government is not the place to begin or end this debate," said Mayor Billy Moore. "It is a national issue. It will come to some resolution, but not here and not now." The proposal would have made it a city policy to use discretion in enforcing antimarijuana laws for anyone using it to treat diseases like glaucoma, AIDS, neuromuscular, or seizure disorders and nausea caused by chemotherapy. Marijuana is believed to ease pain, curb nausea, stimulate appetite and help glaucoma. The proposal wouldn't have made marijuana for medicinal purposes legal, it simply asks the police to exercise discretion. It would not have superseded state and federal laws making marijuana illegal. Medical marijuana initiatives have been approved recently in California and Arizona.