Only a few months ago, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom called a press conference to announce that "marijuana is not a medicine." It may come as a surprise, then, that the Minnesota Law Enforcement Coalition recently outlined for lawmakers
the perimeters in which they could work with a medical marijuana bill.
Backstrom was unavailable for comment, but Pipestone County Sheriff Dan Delaney, another member of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Coalition, took our call.
"I'm not a doctor," Delaney explains, but if the medical community believes this could benefit patients, "Who am I to say that is wrong?"
This is essentially the same argument made by patients and caregivers. Delaney's statement confirms that, after years of folding their arms, the state's top cops and prosecutors are ready to talk. The next question is how to manage the program.
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