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Medical marijuana bills introduced at Minnesota Legislature

Bills that would allow medical marijuana use in Minnesota were introduced in the state House and state Senate today and referred to committees.

Supporters say they have bipartisan support for the measure, which would allow “consumption of marijuana to alleviate a registered qualifying patient’s debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the medical condition.”

The supporters also said Thursday that a poll in March showed that 65 percent of Minnesotans approve changing the law to allow people with serious and terminal illnesses to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

Gov. Mark Dayton has indicated that he won’t support it without approval of law enforcement officials, who have opposed the effort in the past.

Senate File 1641 has been referred to the Health, Human Services and Housing Committee, and House File 1818 was referred to the Health and Human Services Policy Committee.

Under the bills, up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana or 12 plants would be allowed for qualified patients.

At a news conference Thursday, Joni Whiting of Jordan said her daughter used medical marijuana in the months before she died of cancer. It was illegal, but it helped her relieve the extreme pain and nausea,.

“Medical marijuana made life bearable for my daughter in her final few months,” Whiting said. “She would have tried using medical marijuana immediately after her doctor recommended it, but we feared the legal consequences and she suffered for months before we decided it was worth the risk. This legislation will prevent patients and families from being put in such a terrible situation.”

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by mark wallek on 05/02/2013 - 11:23 am.

    A fly in the ointment

    It should be noted that, in Oregon, you can get a medical marijuana certificate, but absolutely no employer is required to hire you. As a matter of fact, they can NOT hire you because of the certificate.

  2. Submitted by Stephen Learned on 05/02/2013 - 11:25 am.

    Gov Dayton and Medical marijuana

    I do not understand how Governor Dayton can rely on law enforcement when this is a medical issue. I would think he would rely on Medical Experts.

    • Submitted by Lance Groth on 05/02/2013 - 06:33 pm.

      The Tail Wagging the Dog

      I have to agree – law enforcement is there to do exactly what the term says, enforce the law, not create the law. The legislature and the governor are there to create law and policy. For the Governor to sit there and wait for law enforcement to tell him what the law should be is upside down.

  3. Submitted by Al Leibbrand on 05/02/2013 - 07:58 pm.

    This time is different law cops won’t be able to blindly get their way especially when we have a cop as one of the brave and sensible ones on our side.

  4. Submitted by Kristine Lopoez on 05/03/2013 - 03:23 am.

    We are simply worried on our medical bills which seem to be higher but we are just expecting a little less in our medical bills. In very high economic circumstances we have found our medical expense are also rapidly increases day by day. Here we have found that the consumption of Marijuana seems to be grow among patients as a result most number of patients are suffering from different disease that are caused from marijuana.

  5. Submitted by James Kolker on 05/07/2013 - 01:50 am.

    I have Frontal Lobe Demntia

    I live in Minnesota. The disease I have is incurable. I would ask the legislature pass the bill. I smoke marijuana daily. I know is illegal in Minnesota, but it makes me feel good. I realize people will disagree with my decision. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. We are Americans.

  6. Submitted by John Jewell on 06/16/2013 - 03:31 pm.


    The state of Minnesota has a very liberal marijuana law for it’s citizens of less than one ounce in their possession for personal use. I don’t think our state Goverenor needs to pursue medical law or law enforcement support at this point. If a person were that ill that he or she needed marijuana to assist in their personal comfort then why not buy or grow one ounce for that use. I would not hesitate to do this should I have a need medically. It gets back to being responsible for our actions and if one uses the drug for medical needs or recreational use it is their choice, and with the current possession laws today we have that right without criminal charges. Minne-Amsterdam
    we are not, lets keep it that way.

  7. Submitted by Earl Carruthers on 07/04/2013 - 04:30 am.

    Marijuana Treatment

    The support for marijuana legalization is overwhelming. It’s just a matter of time before research outcomes pour in their full capacity and silence all critics for good. Till then, supporters have to plough their way through to get marijuana dispensaries in their neighborhood.

  8. Submitted by Wendy Lindberg on 05/06/2014 - 09:54 am.

    legalization would be good

    medicinal legalization would be appreciated. I think this would help a lot of military veterans returning with PTSD who could see an improvement in their symptoms with supervised treatment from a medical professional.

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