Minnesota House Advances Medical Marijuana Study Bill

MINNESOTA: Minnesota state Representatives on Friday approved a bill that would establish an observational research study to make medical marijuana available in liquid or pill form to patients suffering from one of several severe illnesses.

Representatives voted 86-39 on a bipartisan basis to advance the bill, which differs from a measure state senators approved on Tuesday that would make physician-prescribed medical marijuana legal for a broad range of illnesses.

More than 20 U.S. states have approved medical marijuana on a broad basis and others on a narrower basis, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The two versions had bipartisan support in the Democratic-controlled legislature. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton said in a letter on Friday to sponsors of both measures that he would sign the House bill if the legislature approves it.

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