PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri has vetoed legislation allowing stores to sell marijuana to medical patients.

The proposal would have made Rhode Island the third state in the nation to adopt such a policy.

In a letter Friday, Carcieri said permitting the manufacture and sale of drugs illegal under federal law would send the wrong message to children about drug use.

Lawmakers passed the legislation by a margin large enough to overturn the Republican governor’s veto. Rep. Thomas Slater, the bill’s sponsor, said House and Senate leaders have promised to set a veto override vote. The exact date hasn’t been determined.

In 2006, Rhode Island began allowing medical patients registered with the state to possess up to 12 marijuana plants and 2.5 ounces of the drug.

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