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 manufacturer.

Patients would be enrolled in a research registry run by the Minnesota Department of Health to collect data on the effectiveness of medical cannabis.

Gov. Mark Dayton has pushed for a compromise on medical marijuana that law enforcement groups can live with. Those groups say they are neutral on the House bill, but oppose legislation from Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis.

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.