Medical marijuana supported by vast majority of Minnesotans, but won't be legalized this year

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For those wanting to use marijuana medicinally, it's black market or bust until next year at the earliest.
A survey conducted by Public Policy Polling earlier this month found that nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans support medical marijuana. But don't expect to see pot prescriptions written in the state anytime soon.

SEE ALSO: Minnesota law enforcement's last word on pot: "We do not support legalization for any purpose"

Heather Azzi, political director of a pro-medical marijuana group named Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, says her organization won't push for a medical marijuana bill this session, and it's not because her membership is high and lazy.

"We haven't been working on the issue in the last three years in Minnesota because we didn't have the funding to do so, frankly," Azzi told MPR. "We needed to get some time to educate all the new legislators, to bring the issue back up and we've had a lot of meetings behind the scenes just to get the language worked out perfectly."

Expect a Minnesotans for Compassionate Care to make a strong push for a medical marijuana bill next year, Azzi added.

Believe it or not, Minnesota is actually less supportive of medical marijuana than the nation as a whole. According to a CBS poll conducted last November, 83 percent of Americans support "allowing doctors to prescribe small amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses." By comparison, 65 percent of Minnesotans support "changing the law in Minnesota to allow people with serious and terminal illnesses to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it."

Even if the legislature approves a medical marijuana bill next year, it might be a moot point. Asked about medical marijuana in December, Governor Dayton said: "I don't think we need another drug operating in our society." The Marijuana Policy Project recently characterized Dayton's marijuana stance as "no more favorable" toward legalization than former Gov. Tim "bong water is a controlled substance" Pawlenty, who vetoed a medical marijuana bill passed by the legislature back in 2009.

Medical marijuana is one thing, but we encourage Minnesota legislators to think more ambitiously. After all, the electronic pulltab revenue that was supposed to fund the Vikings stadium is falling far short of projections. Doesn't sound like anything taxes on Marlboro Greens couldn't fix, right?

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DankTrain
DankTrain

I failed to also state that my uncle has been kicked out of three nursing homes for cannabis use. Finally ending up in a nursing home that is in such shambles and disrepair. His Multiple Sclerosis is so bad that he leans in his wheelchair and Medical Marijuana/Cannabis helps him function and loosen up his super stiff  body. I am tearing up as i write this and getting angry so i must be gone. Stop ticketing and harassing disabled marijuana/cannabis use!!!

DANKTRAIN

DankTrain
DankTrain

Minnesota in a bunch of conservative Scandinavian fuck heads. These old school scandos all just need to die. Alcohol is  brainwashed into all these fuck heads as THE acceptable drug. Tobacco fine too. Then you bring up cannabis and the state goes all Reefer Madness. Bunch of ignorant cunts that cannot educate themselves on a medicinal flower or educate themselves on a multi-multi- billion dollar failed drug war. My uncle has M.S. Restricted to a wheelchair, the local police have harassed, ticked and taken his California Medical Marijuana many times. Even took all his pipes. It's so sad. His old school buddy drives it across the fucking country to have a couple podunk lil town cops treat him as a criminal. WTF people? The cartels are laughing all the way to their 1000's of resorts they own, and that all these brain washed MN cunts go down to for vacation. We import the most hemp products than any country in the world? Weird? Not. A plant that has no psychoactive ingredients is banned because it looks like a plant that can get you high? Fucking Richard Nixon worshipers still hanging on. Reagan brainwashed sheeple still hanging on. I'm sick and tired of this states crumbling infrastructure. Tax it already and move forward. It's 2013 people. LEGALIZE CANNABIS! LEGALIZE HEMP! Tune in, don't tune out!      

DANKTRAIN

dillonfeltman
dillonfeltman

Fuck you Minnesota goverment bunch of stupid greedy fucking republicans

anonymous
anonymous

Check out U.S. Patent #6630507.  Despite the so-called "progressive" president's denial that cannabis has proven medical value,  Department of Health and Human Services argued that research has proven a list of medical benefits as part of the patent application process.  Blame it on Bush.  This patent was approved in 2003!   The Democrats are less progressive than George H.W. was.

anonymous
anonymous

Check out U.S. Patent #6630507.  Despite the so-called "progressive" president's denial that cannabis has proven medical value,  Department of Health and Human Services argued that research has proven a list of medical benefits as part of the patent application process.  Blame it on Bush.  This patent was approved in 2003!   The Democrats are less progressive than George H.W. was.

anonymous
anonymous

Check out U.S. Patent #6630507.  Despite the so-called "progressive" president's denial that cannabis has proven medical value,  Department of Health and Human Services argued that research has proven a list of medical benefits as part of the patent application process.  Blame it on Bush.  This patent was approved in 2003!   The Democrats are less progressive than George H.W. was.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

The bill will actually be introduced within the next week or so.  (according to MCC)  The house and senate will not get serious about it until next year as Dayton's mind needs to be changed. Bakk and Theisen are all for it, so, done and done, but fucking Dayton.

You will all know my real name when this bill hits the floor next year. Well, that is if you pay attention to something more than sports...

MNmen
MNmen

Legalize it, and tax it just like tobacco and alcohol. Tobacco and alcohol are just as harmful, if not more harmful. People who enjoy Marijuana will continue to smoke it and grow it in the privacy of their own homes. It doesn't need to be legal, anyone can grow it easily. Just don't get caught, it's fairly simple really.

Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

Yes, but I think it's a distraction... It should just be legal for everyone because it's immoral for a society to jail people for consuming a harmless plant...

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

no. but i do support legalizing marijuana for everyone.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

If you don't think marijuana should be legal you are a fucking idiot.  Legalizing marijuana would lower taxes while cutting the crime rate.  The Mexican cartels and gangs would go out of business.  It's the biggest mistake we are making as a nation. 

Dawn Marie M
Dawn Marie M

Yes, there are THC receptors in the body where it can be very beneficial for patients. Not only for cancer but glaucoma, arthritis, uterine cramps and more.

rayhervey
rayhervey

I hope you suffer and die behind bars you basterd....!!!!rest in peace to my cousin WILLIE  MACK HERVEY.JR

Rob Peterson
Rob Peterson

Shouldn't even be an argument when it is for the benefit of people's health. But we know that the powers that be don't really care about that if it doesn't fatten up thier stock portfolio. But someday, maybe, people will realize this plant is here & it's to used, & it can be used for the betterment of us all. But until then, we'll all just keep breaking this bs prohibition law.

Dale Burback
Dale Burback

Everyone is already acquiring it illegally, might as well regulate and tax it

Penn Bowen
Penn Bowen

Of course. I support the use of any drug considered a medical necessity. Because it is a necessity. I do not support subpar medical care, redundancy, nor medical unencessity. This seems self-evident. I do not support emotionally charged politically biased arguments or hypocrisy, sloth, stupidity, or mediocrity. I also support, reason, science, and quality of life. I'm neutral on irony.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

I support legalization of recreational drugs, if for no other reason than to start curtailing the private prison industry. History will harshly judge the racist, classist imprisonment of Americans for profit.

Matt Klawitter
Matt Klawitter

Why not now!? We are one of the most progressive states, can vote not to restrict the rights of people to marry, but we can't get pot legal...

Von Brewster
Von Brewster

I dont have cancer, I have diabetes ..36 years now..and my problem is I have no appetite what so ever. I have used all the pills and they dont work...however..Jane make most foods at least pallettable..my answer is undoubtedly YES!!!

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

I would rather it fund our roads or public education, not some fat billionaire's stadium.

Mary Ledingham
Mary Ledingham

Absolutely... especially hemp oil rich in CBD's. It is criminal that we allow our sick citizens to suffer, especially babies and children, when relief and a possible cure is at hand. Minnesota should be taking the lead in this area, instead of playing politics with those of the "reefer madness" generation.

Nichole Kmett
Nichole Kmett

Yes! ...wait...what were we talking about again?

Nathan David Teegarden
Nathan David Teegarden

I think any adult of legal drinking age should be able to buy marijuana without a prescription.

Jeffrey Frutiger
Jeffrey Frutiger

the reps have passed it twice and the govenors vetoed it twice allready ! dumbasses.... Colorado's economy turned around in one year after passing mmj legislation !

Julie Kapitan
Julie Kapitan

Yes! I'm not a user, but even I can see the health benefits.

green23
green23

The link to the the survey is the word "survey", which is the second word in the story. 

So, before we get the usual stooges here making suppositions about the sample, I just wanted to point out that you don't have to wonder about who made up the pool of respondents. Just look at the results. PPP is very transparent about their methodology, in contrast to many other pollsters. 

A plurality of senior citizens support the passage of medical marijuana. Republicans narrowly favour it 49/44. A strong majority (60%) of those outside of the metro area support medical marijuana. 

The traditional sources of opposition simply are not lining up against this legislation. Dayton is on the wrong side of history, perhaps believing that the opposition is stronger than it really is. 

The numbers in favour of the legislation are just going to get *more* compelling, not less.

green23
green23

@MicheleBachmann  Well, as we learned the last time this issue was brought up during the Pawlenty the Administration, we can't legalise marijuana because... it's illegal. The Republicans are open to legalising anything that is already legal, though. 

As someone who watched that testimony at the time, it was maddening to see conservative after conservative rambling about how marijuana is against the law, as if that were some kind of persuasive argument in opposition to legalisation. 

But this bill is only medical marijuana -- not full legalisation.

H8ER
H8ER

@MicheleBachmann lol  hate hate hate.  I think the mexican cartels would still sell meth coke and what ever else happens to be illeagal!!   leagalize ALL drugs, then maybe they will lose power, but at least your on to something.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

@Dawn Marie MThey're actually called "cannabinoid receptors"

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

@green23 @MicheleBachmann  Actually, Mark Dayton is the problem this time.  He is basing his decision on what the police think.  Tom Bakk and Paul Theisen are on board.  So, how do we get Dayton to stop taking directive from the cops.  I'm not sure as they were big donors to Dayton.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@H8ER Marijuana is their biggest product.  They wouldn't be able to survive if they lost it.  The DEA estimates marijuana makes up 50% of their profits.   You can't survive as a business losing 50% of your business. 

H8ER
H8ER

@MicheleBachmann

once again LOL.  the dea estimates 50%%!  oh wow!  pretty sure most smokers in MN don't smoke the shitty brick crap that comes from mexico.  There is alot coming ion form the states that have a leagal form of marijana.  sorry i don't think the dea has any real idea about how much the cartells make off marijana.  your a fool if you think the cartels would be put out of business with out the sales of marijana.  how many people do you think smoke that crap in cali, and colorado?  didn't that hurt them?  if MN leagalized it it wouldn't even be a blip in thier pocket books!

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