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 Read the full article…

House Version Of Medical Marijuana Bill Favored By Minnesota Medical Association

MINNESOTA: The Minnesota Medical Association says it prefers a bill for medical marijuana that’s scheduled for a vote Friday in the House, saying cannabis legislation passed by the Senate earlier this week is “overly broad in scope.” The House bill from Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing, would make marijuana available to certain patients from one state-regulated Read the full article…

Minnesota Senate Advances Medical Marijuana Bill

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 Read the full article…

Marijuana Advocates Take The Spotlight At Minnesota Capitol

MINNESOTA: Recreational marijuana advocates say that medical marijuana proponents have had a shot at legalization. Now it’s their turn. Backers of recreational legalization say they support the medical marijuana bill and tried to let its backers have the spotlight but grew frustrated at the lack of movement. Minnesota NORML is taking its own push more Read the full article…

Push For Medical Marijuana Bill Renewed At Minnesota Capitol

MINNESOTA: Supporters of medical marijuana plan to continue their push for its legalization at the State Capitol on Tuesday. The group, Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, says they now have 100 Minnesota doctors, pastors and clergy members who support legal access to medical marijuana. Their push arrives as a Minnesota Senate Committee is expected to take up Read the full article…

KSTP/SurveyUSA: Minnesotans Favor Medical Marijuana

MINNESOTA: A big majority of Minnesotans favor legalizing medical marijuana, according to a new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll. The poll shows 68 percent of Minnesotans surveyed think marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes only. Only 24 percent said it should not be legalized. GOP Senator Dave Thompson, who is also running for governor, is so far still Read the full article…

Minnesota Gov. Dayton Denies Telling Mother To Buy Illicit Marijuana

MINNESOTA:  Gov. Mark Dayton has denied a suggestion that he told the mother of a sick child to buy marijuana from the street because it is not a legal medicine in Minnesota. The accusation was made Wednesday by a Woodbury mother who has been advocating for legalizing medical marijuana. She was among a small group Read the full article…

Minnesota Parents Go After Dayton For His Stance On Medical Marijuana

MINNESOTA:  Parents of suffering children used an emotional Wednesday news conference to blame Gov. Mark Dayton for killing a bill that would allow them to use marijuana to ease children’s seizures. A Woodbury parent said the governor should “put special needs ahead of special interests.” “Minnesotans with debilitating medical conditions and their families should not Read the full article…

Most Doctors At Minnesota Forum Oppose Medical Marijuana

MINNESOTA:  Most of the doctors polled at a Minnesota Medical Association forum oppose the legislation that legalizes medical marijuana. The bill passed a Minnesota House committee Wednesday, but still has a long road ahead in the Legislature. The Medical Association says two-thirds of the 35 physicians attending a medical marijuana forum this week in Eagan Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Supporters Consider New Approach In Minnesota

MINNESOTA:  Legalization of medical marijuana has resurfaced in Minnesota, but supporters are considering a new approach for the 2014 session and the potential changes are winning the backing of some law enforcement groups. Legislation to decriminalize medical marijuana passed the Senate and the House in 2009, but was vetoed by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Rep. Patti Read the full article…