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.
As a medical marijuana bill remains a controversial issue in Minnesota, Wisconsin has approved a bill for a marijuana component.
A possible Minnesota House vote on legalizing medical marijuana has been delayed for a couple of weeks. Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington was hoping to attach an amendment that would legalize medical marijuana to a separate health bill. But that bill has been pulled from Wednesday’s docket until after the Legislature’s Passover/Easter break that begins the next day.
Supporters of medical marijuana are trying to turn up the heat on Gov. Mark Dayton with a new TV ad that will debut in prime late-night and daytime slots. Their ad features a St. Paul woman and her 5-year-old son, whose daily seizures from intractable epilepsy have been eased by medical marijuana. The woman, Angela Garin, says in the ad she was shocked to learn that Dayton is blocking legalization of medical marijuana in Minnesota.
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Gov. Mark Dayton has denied a suggestion that he told the mother of a sick child to buy marijuana from the street because it is not a legal medicine in Minnesota. The accusation was made Wednesday by a Woodbury mother who has been advocating for legalizing medical marijuana. She was among a small group of supporters who met in early March with the governor.
Mothers in support of legalizing medical marijuana say Gov. Mark Dayton urged them to buy pot illegally on Minnesota streets to help their severely sick children
One day after Gov. Mark Dayton appeared to discount any legislation on medical marijuana this year, he is urging advocates and legislators to keep talking in search of compromise. Dayton says he has the “deepest sympathy” for children and adults with serious diseases who find relief in marijuana.
Gov. Mark Dayton says prospects for a study on one type of medicinal marijuana stand between “slim and none” because advocates for broader legalization don’t appear interested. Dayton said that his proposal to spend more than $2 million to research a non-combustible form of marijuana lacks support.
With a push for legalizing medical marijuana stalled this session, Gov. Mark Dayton plans to ask for $2.2 million for research into its possible benefits, a spokeswoman said Friday. Mayo Clinic would head the study, which would focus on cannabidiol, a marijuana compound that does not produce a high.
The up-and-down medical marijuana bill at the Capitol may be down again. Top lawmakers in the House and Senate say it’s not likely to pass this year. Advocates of legalizing medical marijuana are hoping to make Minnesota the 20th state in the country to do so. Thursday, the advocates said it’s possible to pass it this year. But it’s not about medicine at this point at the Capitol; it’s about math.
Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday downgraded the chances of medical marijuana becoming legal in Minnesota this year before he met privately with those who want the drug to be a treatment option for people with debilitating diseases.
Two people were arrested Thursday after witnesses saw someone with a gun on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. The school was put in lockdown when a UMD employee called 911 after seeing a man drop a weapon. The university says a 15-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man were arrested, and a pellet gun was recovered.
Most of the doctors polled at a Minnesota Medical Association forum oppose the legislation that legalizes medical marijuana. The bill passes a Minnesota House committee Wednesday, but still has a long road ahead in the Legislature.
Minnesota lawmakers flock back to the Capitol on Tuesday for a legislative session expected to run 12 weeks at most. Having set the two-year budget last year, lawmakers face a shorter list of legislation they must consider this time. And it’s always easier to get in the way of proposed laws than to enact them.
A Star Tribune Minnesota Poll out Tuesday found that a slight majority – 51 percent — of Minnesotans favor legalizing medical marijuana. Already, 20 other states allow it, but patients must buy it through shops and dispensaries.
Legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota is gaining public support. A new Star Tribune poll shows a slight majority of Minnesotans are in favor of it.
The latest Star Tribune poll discusses marijuana. Hear what Blois and Dave have to say about it by clicking the link above.