Despite Gov. Dayton's claims, medical pot supporters willing to play ball [UPDATE]

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Coleen Danger
Gov. Mark Dayton took to WCCO radio this morning to say that his proposal to research medical marijuana hasn't gotten any love from the advocates of broader legalization. He put the prospects of passing it between "slim and none."

However, those same advocates plan to add part of the Dayton proposal as an amendment and are open to compromising on some points. They contend that the governor's version of a medical marijuana program -- despite his assertions -- would help no one in the immediate future.

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Gov. Dayton proposes replacing medical marijuana bill with health studies


Rather than green-light a distribution system for a range of qualifying patients, Dayton is advocating that access to marijuana be forestalled while the state pumps $2.2 million into Mayo Clinic research of CBD -- the non-psychoactive compound in marijuana that has been shown to control infantile seizures in liquid extracts.

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Gov. Mark Dayton
His proposed health-impact study, slated to end in February 2016, would draw on the "concerns identified by community representatives and the experience of other states with current medical cannabis programs." Those representatives would make up a 21-person advisory council and include pols, patients, caregivers, counselors, one prosecutor, and three cops.

"I would be more than happy to incorporate the governor's study into my medical marijuana bill, in which smoking of marijuana and home cultivation will be prohibited," says Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) in an email, but adds: "I will not accept his proposal as an alternative."

Dayton's radio remarks came hours after the Duluth News Tribune published an op-ed by Angie Weaver, whose daughter suffers from a severe form of epilepsy. Weaver accused the governor of kowtowing to the special interests of law enforcement. She went on to say of a recent meeting with his staff:
We voiced our concerns that this study would take years to implement, would need to wait for federal approval and that half the children would be on placebos... I refuse to wait years while my daughter suffers to get the lifesaving medicine she needs.
The medical marijuana bill could come back up for discussion this week during the House Government Operations Committee.

::: UPDATE :::

Here's a copy of the medical marijuana amendment, which is intended to meet the governor half way. Notably, it adds a civil penalty for smoking and mandates tighter controls over what are now being called "alternative treatment centers" rather than dispensaries.

Medical Marijuana Bill Amendment



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raw.truth
raw.truth

The pro-weed just want to get in so they can smoke dope legally. It's all about dope for the dopeheads. Just like the homosexuals. They want to destroy the country. They'll use any trick in the book.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Wonder what Dayton thinks about those painkillers he has been taking this year. I bet he see's no problem with them. Hypocrite. Fake progressive. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Call, call, and call again.  Demand action.  Don't let Mark Dayton get away with this.  This is an important issue.  People are suffering.  Overwhelm his office.  651-201-3400 is the number.  Make sure you mention you vote and you are angry.  

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

The Drug War propaganda has been so severe and of such long duration that these people cannot think clearly when it comes to this subject. The younger generations having been bombarded into excess and clearly see the folly and irony of this Nixonian plague beset upon society.

Daniel Willert
Daniel Willert

No comprising, signatures to put it on the ballot and vote on it every election till it passes. It will eventually, but what we will wind up with is something maybe one or two percent of people will benefit from. I have seen the peoples vote work in Colorado, and here in MN when we moved back and the gay marriage thing went through. What is wrong with the people of this state?

Joel Oftedahl
Joel Oftedahl

Dayton's has no balls....and his speeches to the media are horrible.

Noah Hanson
Noah Hanson

Hopefully Dayton pays for all the asinine decisions he has made in the next election.

Chris Cook
Chris Cook

Agreed. With the kind of money pharm companies throw around, it would be hard to be a politician and not get some of that cheese...

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Mark Dayton is in the pocket of big Rx Sith Masters. #darkside

raw.truth
raw.truth

It's a very liberal, pro-homosexual, pro-drugs, pro-abortion state. That's what's wrong with it. Get rid of those people.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Yeah - let's get another Republican in the Governor's office to really flush the state down the toilet again. I don't agree with his decision on marijuana and I think the Vikings' stadium is a horrendous waste of taxpayer money but that still wouldn't get me to vote for an asshat like T-Paw or Emmer.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@MNjoe  This is making Dayton as big as an ass hat as T Paw and Emmer.   I am fine with Obama being more moderate.  He's running the whole nation.  But Dayton is in a solid blue state.  I'm sick of these arrogant rich assholes getting elected and then sticking it to the people that elected them.   Dayton deserves to lose if this is how he governs.   He's been full of shit on this issue from day 1.    This is why people hate fucking Democrats you know.  These cowardly shits never stand up for what is right.   Fucking Republicans stand up for what is wrong. Fuck this spineless rich piece of shit.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@MNjoe Republicans are awful. Don't get me wrong.  Still, I don't mind voting against Dayton though if it teaches Democratic voters not to vote for rich stupid assholes who aren't smart enough to get informed about an issue.  I'm sorry but that old man bullshit doesn't fly with me.  I don't vote for babies because they are stupid.   I'm not going to vote for stupid Mark Dayton because he's old.  He needs to get a fucking clue.  This is an important issue.  Lots of people are suffering and its personal to me.  I have friends and family suffering from PTSD.  


MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@MNjoe  Republicans are awful. Don't get me wrong.  Still, I don't mind voting against Dayton though if it teaches Democratic voters not to vote for rich stupid assholes who aren't smart enough to get informed about an issue.  I'm sorry but that old man bullshit doesn't fly with me.  I don't vote for babies because they are stupid.   I'm not going to vote for stupid Mark Dayton because he's old.  He needs to get a fucking clue.  This is an important issue.  Lots of people are suffering and its personal to me.  I have friends and family suffering from PTSD.  

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @MNjoe  And one-issue voters usually end up fucking themselves. Dayton is from an older generation that will never understand marijuana use. Doesn't mean he isn't doing a good job in other respects for the people of MN. Don't expect things to change overnight  - the change has begun in CO and WA and will spread from there. P.S. How many fucking Republicans stood up to GWB about the Iraq War? How many fucking Republicans stood up to Romney when he lied his ass off in the debates? So not true...

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