MINNESOTA: Minnesota senators on Tuesday advanced a bill that would make physician-prescribed medical marijuana legal for a broad range of patient suffering, joining more than 20 other U.S. states.
Senators voted 48-18 to approve the bill, which received bipartisan support in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The bill differs sharply from a state House of Representatives proposal to make medical marijuana available through a research study.
Democratic Senator Scott Dibble, a bill sponsor, had urged approval of the measure, “in the name of compassion, the name of having access to something that can make a real difference for the better for some people.”
In opposing the bill, Republican Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen said he was concerned Minnesota was, “taking baby steps toward legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.”