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.