MINNESOTA: In an interview with the Associated Press Friday, Gov. Mark Dayton said he is urging supporters of medical marijuana to work with law enforcement to find common ground. He said he would sign a bill legalizing marijuana for medical purposes if sheriffs, prosecutors and police get behind it.
He also said if the law is to change, it should be by legislators and not a public referendum.
His predecessor, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, cited law enforcement concerns when he vetoed a 2009 bill that would have permitted terminally ill people to use marijuana.
Legislative proponents of reform said they hope the governor’s comments might propel progress in future talks with law enforcement groups.
“They oppose everything at this point,” said Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing.
The Center for Ethics and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota – Duluth sponsored a panel discussion last month on a proposal to allow the purchase of small amounts of marijuana from non-profit dispensaries in each county, with a doctor’s recommendation.
Northland’s News Center reported the hall was full and the debate lively.