Supporters of legalizing marijuana for medical use put their plan forward Thursday at Minnesota’s Capitol even though the major debate will wait until next year.
Minnesota won’t have a showdown over medical marijuana this year. Heather Azzi of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, a pro-marijuana policy group, said Wednesday that bills to permit marijuana for medical reasons will be introduced in the next week or two.
A proposal to legalize marijuana for medical use likely is dead for this session. A Senate subcommittee approved the bill Monday, but the panel’s chairman says the proposal likely won’t go further.
Two South Dakota lawmakers with roots in law enforcement said Thursday that people charged with possessing small amounts of marijuana should be able to defend themselves in court by arguing they need if for medical reasons.
Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature’s new Democratic majorities have made it clear: The session that starts Tuesday will be all about the state budget.
Medical marijuana supporters face a tough challenge this legislative session in Minnesota, where Gov. Mark Dayton says he won’t sign anything without the backing of law enforcement — and authorities say they’re strongly opposed.
Proponents of legalizing medical marijuana in Wisconsin will try again to change the law, even though the proposal stands little chance of passing the Legislature.
A Minnesota lawmaker sees an export market for medical marijuana — even though the state has never allowed its use.
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