Rep. Carly Melin pauses medical pot push as law enforcement buzzkills bill

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Melin says the only way forward is for Governor Dayton to change his anti-pot position.
:::: UPDATE :::: Melin says it's up to voters to get medical marijuana bill back on track

Legislators appear ready to approve a medical marijuana bill this session. All along, however, the worry has been that Gov. Mark Dayton won't sign it unless law enforcement officials express their support as well.

RELATED: Melin questions cops on the economic interests of opposing pot

While there have been indications lately that law enforcement is mellowing its stance toward medical pot, cops coming onboard the legislative effort has always been an unlikely prospect. And this morning, the legislator who introduced the bill in the House, Rep. Carly Melin, D-Hibbing, announced that since law enforcement apparently won't compromise whatsoever, she's postponing the next committee hearing on the bill, which was scheduled for today.

In a statement, Melin outlines how many concessions she and other medical marijuana supporters were willing to make to win law enforcement's support:
Over the weekend, Rep. Melin and advocates for [the medical pot bill] offered a compromise bill to law enforcement that would:

-- Remove the option for patients to smoke medical marijuana.

-- Impose a penalty for the smoking of medical marijuana.

-- Permit the use of a vaporizer to administer medical marijuana to a patient.

-- Eliminate all ability for home or personal cultivation of medical marijuana.

-- Replace "severe and debilitating pain" with "intractable pain" to further limit the number of patients who would qualify for medical marijuana.

-- Require the Commissioner of Health to consult with law enforcement to set further public safety standards in implementation of the program.
In other words, the bill basically wouldn't allow Minnesotans to get a pot prescription unless they were on the brink of death, but still, law enforcement wouldn't budge.

"I have attempted to compromise with law enforcement over the past few months and offered several major concessions, but they have been unwilling to accept a proposal that would allow Minnesota to join 20 other states in permitting patients safe, regulated, and legal access to medical marijuana," Melin said. "I will continue to stand with Minnesotans who support the Compassionate Care Act and remain hopeful we can make progress, but right now we are at a stalemate with law enforcement and I don't see a path forward until the governor changes his position."

Will Dayton rebuff law enforcement and join the three-quarters of Minnesotans who support medical marijuana? It appears unlikely, which means those who want to use pot as a medicine will either have to continue purchasing it on the black market or move to more pot-friendly states.

We left voicemails and an email with Rep. Melin seeking further comment, but haven't heard back as this is published. We'll update this post if we do.

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113 comments
tpc2222
tpc2222

 If its up to the voters to do the legislators work and get this back on track then why do we need the politicians? 

HollaB
HollaB

Mark Dayton is a very wicked man indeed!

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Tell us who needs to be replaced. Please help us find the best candidates, someone ask me for money when they find them, vet them, and present them. We know what the problem is, let's solve it.


I think we know Rich Stanek & Mark Dayton are working in opposition to the opinions of the electorate....but who else? Who else is making decisions incongruent with the people that elected them? 

Jon Krosch
Jon Krosch

Plus I am in Constant pain and would rather smoke a plant than take a pill that's more of a drug than marijuana!

Jesse Etzler
Jesse Etzler

The police don't look like medical doctors to me

zammanak
zammanak

I would rather it remain illegal than the Rep.'s compromises be implemented. The people shouldn't sell themselves short. What's the hurry? Wait till you can get what you want; But in the meantime it should be De-criminalized.

Seán Retherford
Seán Retherford

I once heard this story about Minnesota nice. an old Scandinavian folklore i suppose.

Jane Keenan
Jane Keenan

Exactly! Conflict of interest. There's too much money to be made and paid if it remains illegal.

Susan Stanley
Susan Stanley

Jack Skagnetti its not that easy when your on a phone or tablet duh

Susan Stanley
Susan Stanley

Virote Considon you look like somebody on steroids so I wouldn't listen to a word you have to say and my babbling is more truthful than Jack Skagnettis so put that in your pipe and smoke it!!

Jack Skagnetti
Jack Skagnetti

The guy who doesn't know how to reply to a comment calls me ignorant. You see, there's a clickable reply link under the comment, you click that and you are able to reply to the comment. That way I can actually see what you said. It's a pretty easy concept, but on reefers it isn't.

Virote Considon
Virote Considon

What the Heck are you babbling about? Of course Mr. Skagnetti is telling the truth. Reefers are disgusting, vile and sick and have no more medicinal properties than snake oil or arsenic!

Virote Considon
Virote Considon

Mr Skagnetti's comment was anything BUT ignorant, you pro-weed shill!

Jack Skagnetti
Jack Skagnetti

You probably can't comprehend it because reefer smoke has corroded your brain. It has been proven that THCs reduce your brain by up to 65%.

Keith Berserker Vwo McCabe
Keith Berserker Vwo McCabe

WHAT? LOL I Cant even Comprehend how one can make such a connection this must be a Sarcastic comment

Keith Berserker Vwo McCabe
Keith Berserker Vwo McCabe

LOL Medicinal is always the first step, We Cant get that Passed NO WAY they will pass Recreational usage

Keith Berserker Vwo McCabe
Keith Berserker Vwo McCabe

He is one of the worst Governors We have ever had! Only decent thing he did was sign the Stadium Bill!

Brian T Sexton
Brian T Sexton

I must have missed the publicity when people had to petition to get the new "super-oxy" or whatever it's called on the ballot for the people to OK.

Brian T Sexton
Brian T Sexton

So law enforcement is now the people to consult with health issues?

Chris Peden
Chris Peden

Weed illegal. But its legal to give kids oxycodone for pain. And adderall for A.D.D. Pretty much perception Heroin and Meth. But marijuana is the gateway drug. OKAY........ Some people need to pull there heads out of there asses.....

Dana Froehlig
Dana Froehlig

Ideally decriminalization would benefit the average joe/jane than medical marijuana

Ben RickJames Rickel
Ben RickJames Rickel

It's sad to live in a society where most (not all) cops are so eager to ticket, but annoyed to help. Money really is the root of all evil.

Ed Kramer
Ed Kramer

Dayton lost my vote over this.

FritterSpeelburn
FritterSpeelburn

WE THE PEOPLE
not
GESTAPO APPROVED

when they say "law enforcement" they are talking about a handful of people right? hennepin and ramsey sheriffs, mpls and stp chiefs?   Let's start electing people who change those all powerful "administrators".

Deb Parsons Prescott
Deb Parsons Prescott

I agree, it should be something that you or I could simply grow in our own gardens to use medicinally or however we wish!!

Tony Wegleitner
Tony Wegleitner

Dayton got law enforcement backing when he got elected in exchange for his veto on bills they do not support is why this is how it is

Matt Connell
Matt Connell

It's all about the $$$! If pot becomes legal then the cops lose thousands of billable hours. Don't even mention the Prison Industrial Complex's hand in all this.

Tony Wegleitner
Tony Wegleitner

Wow stripped the whole bill and they still don't care . I hate this power structure we are forced to live with every day if our lives.

Jim McGuire
Jim McGuire

Shh! Don't tell our state legislators, but the cops don't actually get to vote on the bill.

sugarcat1
sugarcat1

Don't legislators make the laws that law enforcement enforce. Why do they need to consult them? What a joke.

Adam Garlie
Adam Garlie

This is by far the most pussy footing you could possibly do around a subject that the public doesn't care about. What happened to a majority, who cares what the cops want they will hate on everything. So the government doesn't want 2 million a month from taxes alone. Go ahead and look stupid when this whole things stalls out once again and the most liberal state will again vote like Alabama...

Susan Stanley
Susan Stanley

Jack Skagnetti are you for real this is for medical use Do you know anybody in pain every day that can benefit from this I DO he suffers every day marijuana is safer than most pain killers prescribed by the Drs these days which leads to heroine WHICH LEADS TO DEATH I would like to see him around a while longer and you prove to me that marijuana leads to rapes and murders!!!

Chad Ness
Chad Ness

Technically, this time, it's the Speaker who won't put forward the bill without law enforcement approval. Though that's because he doesn't want them to vote on a bill that is guaranteed to be vetoed.

Sammy Lessin
Sammy Lessin

Keep this garbage out of my state! We don't need this fake medicine!

_Joe_
_Joe_

@DavidFoureyes

Dayton's office:

Telephone: 651-201-3400
Toll Free: 800-657-3717

Remember, from a political standpoint:

1 personal call= 100 letters=1000 emails = 100,000 tweets.

HollaB
HollaB

Please share multiple peer-reviewed research papers providing empirical evidence that backs up your claim.

I can't wait to see them.

HollaB
HollaB

You are right on friend! :)

HollaB
HollaB

Mine too.

What a clown.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Yes! Finally, a poet philosopher brings light to the ultimate solution: The failure of this bill will keep MN free from scourge marijuana. 


Minnesota: Where it is absolutely impossible to get grass anytime you want it in any quantity you want it, in varying grades and potentcies.

jherlitz
jherlitz

Thanks for your obviously well thought out idea, Sammy. I'm sure your medical degree is put to good use.

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