Rep. Carly Melin says it's up to voters to get medical marijuana bill back on track

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In the wake of yesterday's developments, Minnesota's medical marijuana push has gone off the rails.

And with law enforcement officials showing no sign of softening their anti-pot stance -- and Governor Dayton giving no indication he'll reconsider his I'll-only-support-it-if-cops-do position -- the bill's chief House backer, Rep. Carly Melin, D-Hibbing, is urging medical marijuana supporters to exert direct pressure on elected officials.

Speaking on behalf of Melin, DFL House Communications Specialist Matt Roznowski told us, "Her thinking in terms of next steps are for Minnesotans to get involved and contact their elected officials."

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"She encourages people to call or email their state representatives, senators, and the governor to let them know where they stand on the issue," Roznowski continued. "That's the most important thing for Minnesotans to do at the moment."

We also contacted Dayton's press secretary, Matt Swenson, and asked whether it's still the case that the governor will only support a medical marijuana bill if it also has law enforcement's endorsement.

He sent us this statement from Dayton himself:
"The two months remaining in the legislative session provide ample time to negotiate medical marijuana legislation, which incorporates the legitimate concerns of not only law enforcement officers, but also many medical, mental health, and other experts."
In sum, kinda sounds like medical marijuana supporters are left in this position, doesn't it?

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michaelwilen42
michaelwilen42

The best way to get this done is to throw Dayton out of Office then it wont matter who comes in they will pass it no matter what the pigs say.  Lets throw the bastard out

Brian Rauchwarter
Brian Rauchwarter

I'm surprised how the pro are just as ignorant as the anti with their "study facts" lol. Today we are being bombarded by pro activity, especially with facebook, it's getting awful old. Unlike City Pages, cover real stories instead.

Erick Thomas
Erick Thomas

As long as Dayton is Governor this bill will go no where and be crushed. He has already said many many times that he will never support marijuana and he believes it to be as harmful as heroin and meth. So before you try to get marijuana moving forward. Get the god damn road block out of the way.

TruDat
TruDat

Next time someone dies from smoking bath salts or your friend who's undergoing chemo can't get some pot, THANK A COP! 

_Joe_
_Joe_

Cops have no training in science.  Cops have no training in medicine.  Cops have no training in legislation.


What the fuck do we care what they think about this issue?

Jane Keenan
Jane Keenan

My kid is puking and has diarrhea. Do I call 911 or the non-emergency number?

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

Write law enforcement and tell them to worry about the muggings downtown and to get their nose out of medical related decisions. They don't stop new pharmaceuticals from coming out that help people. This is all about $$$. Plain and simple and until a mn politician grows some nuts and calls them out for what it is, nothing will change. I live in Denver now and why states don't look at colorado for a model leaves me scratching my head.

Noel Barrick
Noel Barrick

I saw a good point about the MMJ bill..... growers will need $20k just for startup, and they will only allow like 8 (1 per 300k people) growers or some ridiculously low number for the entire metro area. Guess who will get those licenses. Hint- it won't be a local co-op or CSA. This is exactly like what Daren is saying with the "Don't let gov't 'Monsanto' marijuana."

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

So I notify my representative and what will happen? Until the law enforcement has a new point of view (or we get a new governor). This stance probably won't change. At least Sunday liquor sales are gaining momentum.

pattttttttt
pattttttttt

I moved to Minneapolis about four years ago. Lots of people told me this was a super-progressive, liberal-led state.


I'm now planning on moving away within the coming year. This place just another typical midwestern backwater.

pattttttttt
pattttttttt

I moved to Minneapolis about four years ago. Lots of people told me this was a super-progressive, liberal-led state.


I'm now planning on moving away within the coming year. This place just another typical midwestern backwater.

pattttttttt
pattttttttt

I moved to Minneapolis about five years ago. Lots of people sold me on this place being a super-progressive, liberal-led state.


I'm now in the process of moving away within the coming year. This place is just another typical midwestern backwater that's about 5 years behind REAL progressive, liberal-led states.

pattttttttt
pattttttttt

I moved to Minneapolis about five years ago. Lots of people sold me on this place being a super-progressive, liberal-led state.


I'm now in the process of moving away within the coming year. This place is just another typical midwestern backwater that's about 5 years behind REAL progressive, liberal-led states.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

While 76% of Minnesotans support medical marijuana, only 43% supported Dayton in 2010. I'll only vote for Dayton this fall if my pothead friends support him.

Rob Peterson
Rob Peterson

I love MN, with a couple exceptions; winter & politics.

p_mccormick1981
p_mccormick1981

I thought politicians were supposed to represent the peoples interests not law enforcement's. With the majority of Minnesotans in favor of medical marijuana they are doing people in need of it a disservice. 

Joe Winterer
Joe Winterer

Last I checked, the cops were there to enforce the laws, not create them. I wrote the governor yesterday and suggest you all do the same.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Don't let gov't "Monsanto" marijuana. #justsayno

michaelwilen42
michaelwilen42

Dayton has too much money tied up in Big Pharmaceuticals he is just like the rest. The police in Minnesota over the last ten years has received more than 900,000,000 from the federal law agency's. Marijuana busts are the easiest to get the high numbers that they require to get fed monies.  Ironic the Cops are the biggest drug money junkies out there. This does not even include the money the get from asset seizures. Dayton is using the cops because he is a coward and is unwilling to rock the boat in an election year.   The police are just plain and simple dirty.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

@pattttttttt There aren't many states more liberal than Minnesota. Even half the republicans here are open to gay marriage and marijuana legalization. The problem is our last two governors listen to the police unions more than the legislature. Anyways if Minnesota isn't liberal enough for you then you must be a rabid left wing looney tune so good riddance to you. Try California LOL.

TruDat
TruDat

@p_mccormick1981

Look for the Union Label, you find it under every politician with a D after their name!

SosMpls
SosMpls

Problem is Dayton needs someone else to read to him.

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