Medical marijuana advocates to show doctor, clergy support

Supporters of medical marijuana legalization in Minnesota will continue to pressure lawmakers with a state Capitol rally Tuesday at 10 a.m.

They say they’ll show signatures from more than 100 doctors and clergy  who want people with specific ailments to have legal marijuana access.

The House bill would allow people with conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

Legislators have debated the measure for weeks, and so far, pressure from law enforcement and other opponents has bottled it up.

Scheduled to appear at the rally in Room 125 at the Capitol are:

  • Rev. Catherine Schuyler, pastor of Duluth Congregational Church
  • Minnesota Nurses Association
  • Bill Tiedemann, executive director of the Minnesota AIDS Project
  • Heather Azzi, political director for Minnesotans for Compassionate Care
  • Representatives of the AFL-CIO, United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) and other groups that support the bill
  • Minnesota patients and family members

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