Dayton likes House medical-marijuana bill, but accepts some Senate provisions

Sen. Scott Dibble is not all that pleased with the direction medicinal pot is going … . The Strib‘s Patrick Condon writes, “Dibble says it’s wrong to call the Senate proposal more expansive or broad than the House plan. Dibble notes the Senate proposal had much more thorough vetting and underwent a number of revisions during the Senate’s committee process.”

The Strib’s Rachel Stassen-Berger tweeted later that Dayton later said he is open to some Senate provisions, though without specifics. The guv “hopes the result is the best of both” the House and Senate approaches.

The Gov isn’t happy about a sprinkler clause in the bonding bill … . The AP says, “ … Dayton warned Monday that he would veto the full bonding bill over attempts to dump a building code requirement. That pending requirement commands that new homes of a certain size be equipped with sprinklers, but some lawmakers want to stop the measure from taking effect over concerns it will add too many costs to home construction. Dayton says using a bonding package of $846 million to block the requirement would prompt a veto. …  Dayton told reporters that he ‘will not have something rammed down my throat.’”

Still, it’s easier to clean up than oil … .  In the Brainerd Dispatch Jessie Perrine reports, “Coal and crushed metal littered the train tracks early Monday as crews worked to clear the scene of a massive train derailment near Pillager. Fifty train cars carrying coal derailed at about 11:48 p.m. Sunday in Sylvan Township, west of Pillager near County Road 101 and the Bigwater Addition Estates.” Make that “not so Sylvan … .”

For the record … . Elizabeth Baier of MPR reports, “A Waseca teen on Monday entered a not guilty plea to felony charges that he planned to kill his family and place explosives in Waseca schools. A Waseca County judge delayed a decision on whether John LaDue, 17, will face the counts as an adult or a juvenile. … LaDue’s defense attorneys say the case should be dropped because police do not have enough evidence to prove LaDue would act on the plans he had written about or use the guns and explosives he had collected.”

For the moment he’s still alive … . Stribber Paul Walsh writes, “A 14-month-old boy fell from a Minneapolis high-rise apartment balcony 11 stories to the ground and suffered severe injuries, authorities said. … The boy somehow ‘slipped through the railings’ of the balcony and fell unimpeded to the ground, said police spokesman John Elder. … The boy was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where police say he is in critical but stable condition. The child’s identity has yet to be released.”

The GleanAlso in the Strib, Curt Brown’s reporting on the Philip Nelson beating incident in Mankato. “Witnesses say they saw two different people assault a former Minnesota State University, Mankato, football player early Sunday morning, first with a ‘sucker punch’ and then with a single kick to the head. … [Stephanie Stassen and Mackenzie Skay]  saw some pushing and shoving and then the sucker punch, which they said did not come from Nelson but a different person in a black shirt. ‘He [Isaac Kolstad] was knocked out on his feet,’ Stassen said. ‘He fell straight back and smoked his head on the pavement.’”

At the Inside HigherEd website, Elizabeth Redden tells her readers, “The Minnesota and New York State legislatures are considering bills that would require colleges to disclose more information about their study abroad programs. … The Minnesota legislation would require the state’s colleges to file annual reports on student deaths and accidents and illnesses that require hospitalization. An earlier draft of the bill would also have required institutions to report incidents of sexual assault, but that provision was struck due to concerns about student privacy … .”

Forever seeking a conclusivity … . Annie Baxter of MPR says, “Home sales in the 13-county Twin Cities area fell again in April, but the details indicate an improving housing market. … traditional, non-distressed home sales actually climbed last month. The median sales price of a Twin Cities home rose in April to $197,000. That means half the homes sold for more, half sold for less.”

You wonder how this will work in practice … ? Marianne Combs of MPR reports, “Five Twin Cities theaters of color are forming a coalition to ensure that their communities are respected on stage. By joining forces, Penumbra Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, New Native Theater, Teatro del Pueblo and Pangea, aim to broaden cultural perspectives in the local theater scene. … a few years ago the Guthrie hosted a pre-Broadway run of the musical ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ in which a young black man was depicted tap dancing while being electrocuted. The show’s playwright, composer, lyricist and director all were white. Bellamy said if Penumbra Theatre had been informed, it would have urged the Guthrie to think about how black people in the audience would be affected.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Bob Lancaster on 05/12/2014 - 02:54 pm.

    House Bill = Epic Failure

    The house bill will be an epic failure in practice as it fundamentally doesn’t understand the inevitability of basic human nature. People are already using for medical conditions widely no matter what human law is on the books; they view it illegal but not unlawful. This makes criminals of the ill who are not criminals and less likely to seek professional help. We need our doctors involved and not marshal law inspired law enforcement. Law enforcement works for us, we are the boss!

    The Senate bill is closer to what the people want relative to the house bill.

    “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls who live under tyranny.” — Thomas Jefferson

  2. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 05/12/2014 - 03:17 pm.

    Maybe if Penumbra had been informed..

    ..they could have told people simply not to buy tickets. I’d rather not have the Arts limited by hurt feelings.

  3. Submitted by ALAN BELISLE on 05/12/2014 - 03:18 pm.


    Walk into any drug store, health food store, or big box supermarket and you will see shelf after shelf of “dietary supplements”. The ones that the FDA does not approve. You know, the things that claim to cure everything and harm nothing but can’t provide any valid research data to prove it. All perfectly legal. Mostly.
    But then you have marijuana, which people have been smoking recreationally and/or as medicine for the last 4000 years or more, and the wimps in government still say we need more research on it. B.S. It is just the gutless congress people (and the governor) who are afraid they might lose the tight-ass vote that keeps it from being a legal, taxable, job-creating industry. The current bill is weak but at least it is a start.

  4. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 05/12/2014 - 06:26 pm.

    No veto if they wait a couple of days.

    Since a special session in a bonding year would be catastrophic for the DFL, the best move for the Legislature is to drop the completed bill on the Governor’s desk on the last day so there won’t be time to vote on a different bill.

    I also don’t understand how NOT including something in a bill results in ‘the Governor having “something rammed down my throat.’”

    On the other hand, if that’s how the Governor would actually feel, then he’d understand how about half the state feels about much of the legislation that he has signed over the past 3 plus years.

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