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Poll shows 68 percent of Minnesotans favor medical marijuana legalization

While the Legislature remains divided on the issue, 68 percent of Minnesotans favor legalization of medical marijuana, a KSTP/SurveyUSA poll released this week shows. Overall, 24 percent oppose it.

Those polled, though, didn't favor legalizing recreational marijuana. The poll results: only 29 percent favored legalization of recreational marijuana, while 64 percent opposed it.

The pollsters questioned 600 Minnesotans earlier this month.

Legislators have heard compelling testimony on the topic, some from parents of sick children who have benefited from the use of marijuana. Many in law enforcement, though, oppose any legalization and Gov. Mark Dayton has said he would side with law enforcement on this issue.

The House and Senate will take up the issue again when the session continues April 22 after the Easter/Passover break.

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