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