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 oppose the bill. The forum’s moderator and MMA board chairman, Dr. Dave Thorson, says many physicians felt more research is needed on the topic.

The association, as a whole, has not taken a position on the legislation. The MMA is also surveying its entire membership and that information will be forwarded to its board in mid-March.

Iowa Lawmaker Still Seeking Medical Marijuana Law

IOWA: Legalizing medical marijuana will again be debated in the upcoming legislative session, though Iowa lawmakers have so far been loath to embrace a policy that is finding acceptance elsewhere.

Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom, of Iowa City, says he will pursue legislation seeking to legalize medical marijuana in 2014. Bolkcom acknowledges similar efforts have failed over the past decade, even as some nearby states have embraced medical marijuana. He calls Iowa a “cautious state.”

Bolkcom says he will offer bills reclassifying marijuana as a drug with medical benefits and creating a medical marijuana program modeled on New Mexico’s system.

Council Adopts Legislation To Set Marijuana Limits In Seattle

WASHINGTON: Council adopted legislation today placing limits where marijuana-related activities may occur in Seattle, including growing and selling. Generally, limits would not apply in Neighborhood Commercial 2 & 3, Commercial 1 & 2, Industrial Zones, and certain Downtown zones. A detailed locational breakdown, with exceptions, including historic districts and other special districts, is available here. [Read more…]