Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo pushing for medical marijuana vote Wednesday [UPDATE]

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Coleen Danger
A vote on the legalization of marijuana for medical use may not happen after all Wednesday.

Two bills on tomorrow's calendar contained amendments laying out a medical marijuana distribution system, but a source inside the legislature tells us that at least one of those bills has been postponed until after Easter break. We're awaiting confirmation on whether the second bill has also been removed from Wednesday's docket.

The news comes on the heels of a press conference Dayton gave this afternoon in which he lamented that legislators "have hidden behind their desks" while he's dealt with the backlash.

"Let them vote," the governor said.

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The Minnesota House is slated to vote Wednesday on a proposal that would create a medical marijuana distribution system for patients, including children, who suffer from chronic and debilitating pain.

On Tuesday, Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) rerouted an amendment to HF 1818 -- the chief marijuana bill -- that was intended to meet Gov. Mark Dayton and other critics halfway, and attached it to two other wide-reaching health bills on Wednesday's calendar.

See also:
New study undercuts law enforcement claims about medical marijuana


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Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington)
Last month, the governor's staff suggested replacing a distribution system with a $2.2 million study centered at the Mayo Clinic. In turn, the advocates of medical marijuana crafted the proposal that Garofalo is bringing to the House floor, which adds a civil penalty for anyone caught smoking medical marijuana and prohibits home cultivation. It also mandates tighter controls over what are now being called "alternative treatment centers" rather than dispensaries.

The medical marijuana bill stalled last month on its way through committee, even though advocates were confident they had the number of pols to push it onto the governor's desk.

"The families who could best benefit from cannabis medication deserve a vote," Garofalo says, adding that there's still further room for compromise. "I'm just trying to do everything I can to keep the bill moving forward. We're starting to run out of time."



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Dan Reis
Dan Reis

Well, this is setting up to fail, Funny, the same year Bully legislation will pass, The States law enforcement are playing bully, as are the narrow minded MAyo/ people, What yr do they think this is? Bullies, the Cops, saying things like, we don't want to lose our liquidation $$ (oh wait, did I just say that? ) Please all, know the issue, or ask those involved with its movement. Dayton, I love ya, BUT YOU HAVE GOT TO FRIGGI?N LEAD !!!!!

Jim Hall
Jim Hall

Just legalize the stuff and let's move on. Much less stressful.

Brian Mazur
Brian Mazur

"Let them eat cake or vote...whatever

Jesse James Marohn
Jesse James Marohn

So if marijuana is leagalized are those who are in jail or prison for breaking marijuana laws set free?

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

The democrats do not believe in letting the people vote on issues. Clearly, they know what's best for you.

Andrew Bursaw
Andrew Bursaw

just tell them to put it on a ballot and let the people of MN go out and vote on it. simple. done.

Benjamin Wilson
Benjamin Wilson

find it amusing that a marijuana bill brings right and left wing supporters together... I also find it very exciting that our bipartisan can be conquered by something so simple. Let's do this on other issues!!

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

There were so many reasons that lead to the prohibition of marijuana...thinking it was one reason or another is absolutely absurd... Also, I've never heard the tobacco company theory before today...

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

It is still very profitable to take the home, car and money of everybody they catch growing. Let Colorado and Washington show the country how profitable the way things should be is capable of being.

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

Two totally different issues. Buy liquor on Saturday or go to a bar on Sunday. Medical marijuana candidates have no way of getting what they need without breaking a law.

Terese Farr
Terese Farr

Get YOUR $hit together Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services"

Terese Farr
Terese Farr

The Session Ends in May....bet it's legal by then....or People will meet. And We have seen All over the World what happens when POWER meets......

Terese Farr
Terese Farr

WE have thePOWER! There is More of us than You!

Padre Pienbique
Padre Pienbique

The ONLY thing the average Minnesotan wants to know is: Will we be able to legally buy beer from a weed dealer on Sunday?

Don Eaton
Don Eaton

This "bill" is b.s., can't smoke it, they have total control on who gets it and the profits from it. Fire Gov. Mark Dayton he's a moron who can't think for himself.

Don Eaton
Don Eaton

It was made illegal by or pushed to be illegal by Harry Anslinger was tryin to make a name for himself in the FBI and the film reefer madness was funded by Dow corp. to get hemp on that same law so they could dominate. Hemp would kill their business. At least back then...I think they've made their money, now let's save the planet and fix ourselves with legal hemp and cannabis!

Ryan Schoen
Ryan Schoen

@Shayne Oneil: Stfu! #B*tchSlapYourself

Ryan Schoen
Ryan Schoen

No home cultivation for patients!?!?! GTFOH!!!

Ryan Tracy
Ryan Tracy

Good luck. It's pretty awesome. -from colorado

Jon Nelson
Jon Nelson

Why vote? Just decriminalize it and tax it. This could be the cash cow the state needs.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Not tobacco either, had to do with the paper industry. Marihuana is a made up racist term to confuse the masses and congressman at the time.

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

Good idea. For the first time in history, the votes are there to actually pass it. I'd prefer they go full-on legalization if they're gonna put it on the ballot, though. That way industrial hemp would also be included and could really benefit our state's economy.

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

1937, to be exact. And it had nothing at all to do with Bible thumpers, and almost everything to do with the tobacco companies not wanting "the devil's weed" cutting into their profits.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

It was the 30's and had nothing to do with "bible thumpers". Educate yourself and stop being part of the problem.

Shane J. Pinske
Shane J. Pinske

Was legal before until all the lies the bible thumpers said to make it illegal back in the 20's..its 2014 now!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

What is a civil penalty?  I'm guessing that means a fine.  Why are they adding another fine to marijuana use?   Just copy California.   Their system has worked for years.  Stupid.  

Betty Hindbjorgen
Betty Hindbjorgen

I'm so tired of this debate. Marijuana should be & will be legal in all States one day. There are far more important issues to be concerned with.

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