A bill making Minnesota the 22nd state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes has cleared its final legislative hurdle.
It’s the news for which thousands of Minnesota families have waited. State lawmakers reached a deal Thursday that will make medical marijuana legal. Angela Garin watches her son have seizures daily. Now, the St. Paul mom hopes medical marijuana will help him and thousands of others.
Minnesota lawmakers have a deal on a medical marijuana bill that would set up eight distribution sites and allow qualified patients to access the drug in oil, pill and vapor form. The agreement announced Thursday was crafted to suit concerns of Gov. Mark Dayton, who backs it.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s still hopeful lawmakers can fashion a medical marijuana compromise that gets help to ailing people but doesn’t allow for access he fears would be too wide. Dayton said Monday that he has top aides working with legislators on a bill that can become law.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has sent a letter to House and Senate sponsors of their respective medical-marijuana bills. Dayton said he would sign the bill into law if legislators adopted the House version as is. Dayton sent the letter to Minneapolis Democratic Sen. Scott Dibble and Hibbing Democratic Rep. Carly Melin soon after the House passed a medical-marijuana proposal on Friday.
The Minnesota House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Friday that would legalize marijuana use for medical reasons but under tighter restrictions than a bill passed by the Senate earlier in the week.
Bills legalizing medical marijuana could be voted on in both the Minnesota House and Senate this week, but the House and Senate versions are significantly different. That has led to disagreements among supporters that some say threaten passage of any type of bill.
A Little Canada, Minn. man has been charged with crashing his minivan into a St. Paul bar early Friday morning and leaving five patrons injured. He has been charged with one count of fleeing a police officer and five counts of criminal vehicular operation.
A rift among Minnesota supporters of allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes could make it harder to push legalization through the legislature this year. Committees in both the House and Senate were debating competing legislation Friday. A Senate panel stripped the option of smoking marijuana as medication from its bill on Thursday. But the House version is even more limited in how the drug may be accessed.
Democratic House leaders say they have a new compromise proposal on medical marijuana that is unopposed by law enforcement. Their proposal would create a limited clinical trial for children and adults suffering from severe illnesses.
A Minnesota Senate panel has approved legislation that would legalize medical marijuana. The chamber’s Committee on State and Local Government advanced the legislation after questions on how a program would be set up and run.
With just three weeks left in this year’s session, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed a new version of the bill that includes a state study on how medical marijuana availability would impact Minnesota.
Hundreds of people rallied at the State Capitol Wednesday to legalize marijuana in Minnesota. Supporters say it’s less dangerous than beer, cigarettes, or even peanuts. Only one Minnesota lawmaker, Rep. Rena Moran, publicly expressed support for legal pot — noting that blacks in her Ramsey County district are eight times more likely to be arrested for possession.
Supporters of medical marijuana plan to continue their push for its legalization at the State Capitol on Tuesday. The group, Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, says they now have 100 Minnesota doctors, pastors and clergy members who support legal access to medical marijuana.
A new study finds significantly more African Americans than whites are arrested for marijuana possession in Minnesota. Minnesota 2020, a nonpartisan think tank, says blacks account for 27 percent of marijuana possession arrests, but are only 6 percent of Minnesota’s population.