House medical marijuana bill doesn't allow anybody to smoke marijuana

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Today, medical marijuana's House supporters announced a big compromise they hope will be amenable to law enforcement and signed into law by pot unfriendly Gov. Mark Dayton.

The compromise, announced at a Capitol news conference by House Speaker Paul Thissen (D-Minneapolis), Majority Leader Erin Murphy (D-St. Paul), and Rep. Carly Melin (D-Minneapolis), "would create a medical cannabis clinical trial, allowing limited participation by children who are suffering and adults with severe illnesses," a House DFL news release says.

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"The proposal also includes the option of a state-based manufacturer of medication if no federal source of medication is available," it continues.

Qualifying conditions for the medical trial would include seizures (including those characteristic with epilepsy), cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Tourette's syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and Crohn's disease.

The bill wouldn't allow anybody to actually smoke marijuana. Instead, patients would vaporize pot, "but only under direct, in-person supervision and the control of a licensed health care provider."

Melin isn't totally thrilled about the deal, but says it's better than nothing.

"Our goal since the beginning has been to provide needed medicine to Minnesotans and children who are suffering and deserve a better chance at a good life," she says in the statement. "I am pleased that we have developed a proposal that can provide real relief for Minnesotans who need it and that has a strong chance at getting signed into law."

Her sentiment was echoed by Thissen.

"All along, our goal has been a compromise that provides needed medicine to children and Minnesotans who need it while responding to concerns from law enforcement and the health community," he says in the statement. "We believe this legislation achieves a compromise that can move forward this session."

Though the prospects for any sort of medical marijuana legislation appeared dead just a few weeks ago, the House bill announced today stands a chance of becoming law: But at least one legislator has already said he won't support the bill, which doesn't go as far as a Senate version that does allow patients to smoke marijuana under certain conditions. It also remains to be seen how medical marijuana's biggest backers in the Senate will react to to the House bill: Heather Azzi, political director of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, told us earlier this week she expects this session's final medical marijuana legislation to look more like the Senate version than the House's. She didn't immediately return a voicemail seeking comment this afternoon, but made clear following the news conference that her organization isn't a supporter of the House bill: The bill gets its first hearing tomorrow, and supporters said today they expect it'll be on the House floor for a vote next week.

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Casey Proza
Casey Proza

Why is this different from alcohol if someone DID want to use it recreationally? Who cares. As far as it being used and treated like MEDICINE… there are plenty of people using Vicodin, Oxy, and more for highs. Even ADD and ADHD pills are used for highs. But someone who is sick enough to get permission to use medical marijuana, should still be able to have it with them. Same as an inhaler, epi pen, insulin…. if its so necessary that the doctors and govt agree the patient would benefit from it, can't you see the flaw in making it only available by appointment? Asking an epileptic child to go in to the doctor every few hours for medicine, would be like you having major surgery, and no matter the inconvenience you have to go in to the doctors office or have an appointment every time you want your pain med. Why would you have to go in to get your pain med??? Well sir, because you COULD misuse your pills, or you COULD even sell them. Wait, its different you say? Why? ….oh, because pills are legal. Well, good. Thats what is trying to be achieved with marijuana. Its really no different. Yes, people could misuse it, and yes, people have tried to flat out make it legal for all uses… but that is not happening. So the next best thing is for it to at least be available to the people who really do need it. Alcohol doesn't even have medical benefits (i guess maybe a glass of red wine). A glass of whiskey is not going to help your seizures, or your cancer, or your memory loss from Alzheimer's. Yet it is legal. Even if your stance is to be against marijuana's recreational uses, you still have to be able to see the flaw in the way they are trying to delegate it for medical users.

Casey Proza
Casey Proza

IF the police weren't supportive. They weren't. That bill got vetoed. this is a new one.

Casey Proza
Casey Proza

While I still find marijuana prohibition a violation of the peoples rights, and think this law will only make it harder in the future to make it more readily available…. I think this is better than nothing. Especially for the children who are being given no chance, and have no life due to seizures, and adult cancer patients. I think making them go in or have a licensed physician "vaporize them" is dumb. These patients need it so frequently, and need so much of it, that having an appointment for every use is pointless. The children in colorado who use marijuana for seizures suck on infused suckers all day long.

Theoo Cameron Williams
Theoo Cameron Williams

rips families apart? Hey guy you could say the internet rips families apart. Fuck the death of your family dog could rip your family apart. If this will profits the city and state income wise, and have no side effects (like i'm sure drunk drivers do) then please by all means. (Oh drunk drivers i'm sure rip more families up then a harmless drug.)

Shane P. Erickson
Shane P. Erickson

Here take these pills home that can drop you dead in 30 min. Now just where do you think your going with that cannabis?!

Reynaldo Lara
Reynaldo Lara

This bill is riddled with ignorance about how medical marijuana can actually help a person! If an epileptic is about to have a seizure how is vaping during a set appointment going to help them in case of emergency?? Thats like telling a heart patient they can only have their nitro under supervision at a set time....what are they supposed to do if they have a heart attack at home??

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

One one hand anything is better than nothing.  On the other hand both bills suck but the House one really sucks.  

Dan Anderson
Dan Anderson

Put it up to referendum, these politicians couldn't legislate anything with common sense

Jo Opheim
Jo Opheim

And fuck off to you, moron, Will Chris! This "law" is not enforceable in any way, shape, or form. FAR from brilliant.

Jill Tharaldson
Jill Tharaldson

the whole thing about having to vaporize ""in the presence of a health care provider"" is pretty lame. Crazy they have no problem sending you home with a bottle of Zanax.... makes no logical sense.

John Bunch
John Bunch

Alcohol is a "medicine" too, right? ;)

alexjarvis88
alexjarvis88

I think this approach is a horrible mistake.  I have not looked at all of the research myself, but if their clinical trials are just replications of trials that have already been done they are just a waste of time and taxpayer money.


Given what is known about marijuana and hemp, its legalization to certain degrees and effective use not just as medicine but as an agricultural commodity is something that needs to happen now, not 5 or 10 years from now.  This to me just looks like a bunch of people who are afraid to let go of what they were brain washed into believing by the logging industry and other anti-hemp propaganda (they are that old), and give reality a try.  Instead they are just dodging an important issue by passing the buck to the next people who get elected into their roles. 

Reynaldo Lara
Reynaldo Lara

Please answer me genius what stops druggies from misusing pain pills???? Nothing!!!!!

Will Chris
Will Chris

correction, it will *minimize* mis-use and abuse, instead of maximizing it as the california law is. They wanted MEDICAL marijuana? this gives them MEDICAL marijuana-nothing more, and that's the point. If they want to legalize it for recreational use, then they damn well should come out and say it instead of hiding behind its medicinal uses. Be honest or get the fuck out.

Reynaldo Lara
Reynaldo Lara

Tell me what CbD's even are and how they work in the body without looking it up mr Will right wing Chris, show us more of your ignorance...

Reynaldo Lara
Reynaldo Lara

LoL and what stops druggies from misusing pain pills?

Will Chris
Will Chris

Read the article--this is briliant. It's vaping only, so none of the tar or other side products, and what's more MEDICINAL ONLY--so fuck off to all the druggies who were hoping to get "prescriptions" for bullshit and get blitzed on the tax-payer's dime

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

guys... since when do you listen to what old white men say?


fuck them and do whatever you want


AMERICA

Will Chris
Will Chris

And this moves things in EXACTLY that direction--R&D to utilize it as MEDICINE, without letting the fucking druggies mis-use and abuse it--effing brilliant.

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

Did Dr. Drew the love doctor and Adam Corola's opinions on the state of mind of the band Cypress Hill really just get used as "evidence" of...well..anything?

Reynaldo Lara
Reynaldo Lara

Is it genius to tell an asthma patient they can only use their prescription at set, supervised times? You obviously have no idea how marijuana works in the patient's body and what chemical compounds are useful. For example, CBD's are the non-psychoactive component in marijuana that stops epilepsy and Tourette's symptoms...if it were legal we Could make products that harness this effect and not get people high at all just give them what they need!

Reynaldo Lara
Reynaldo Lara

This bill is riddled with ignorance about how medical marijuana can actually help a person! If an epileptic is about to have a seizure how is vaping during a set appointment going to help them in case of emergency?? Thats like telling a heart patient they can only have their nitro under supervision at a set time....what are they supposed to do if they have a heart attack at home??

Erin Sayer
Erin Sayer

I know! It's like, oh come to the clinic to vape every 4 hours! Sounds awesome. So idiotic.

greenthinks
greenthinks

The attempt to vilify THC is  nothing short of an attempt  to justify decades of propaganda and police state war crimes perpetrated upon the American people under the Orwellian titled Nixonian created "War on Drugs". This "social experiment " was and still is fascism disguised as public service corrupting our police . This is an example of of a elitist out of touch  governor  anti science legislators and self serving politicians including our police who think that the "suffering of our police from marijuana usage is equal to the suffering of the sick dying children of Minnesota" (Quote) !


HASNT THIS DISCUSSION ALREADY HAPPENED IN 20 OTHER STATES! HAVENT CONCLUSIONS ALREADY BEEN ARRIVED AT BY GREATER MINDS THEN THESE ?  WHERE IS THE SCIENCE IN THIS FIASCO? AND WHO IS MAKING THE MEDICAL DECISIONS FOR THESE VICTIMS OF DISEASE AND SUFFERING?


AND LASTLY WHO IS BEING PLACED INTO THE POSITION (S)  TO REAP THE ENORMOUS PROFITS PLACED UPON THE BACKS OF THESE SICK PEOPLE? WHEN THE REMEDY CAN BE GROWN FOR PENNIES ATTHEIR OWN HOMES?? 

Erin Sayer
Erin Sayer

No biggie. I'd rather get mine tax free as long as possible, idiot.

Erin Sayer
Erin Sayer

Someone is uniformed and unduly against something he has no experience with. Seriously John why do you care so much about this issue you know absolutely nothing about?

jhartmanncady
jhartmanncady

The bill wouldn't allow anybody to actually smoke marijuana. Instead, patients would vaporize pot, "but only under direct, in-person supervision and the control of a licensed health care provider."  So does this mean that parents would have to take there kids in 3 times a day to the drs office?? 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

some real fucking bozos commenting here...


vaporizing is for pussies


99plants or nothing!

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

keep putting the mystery prescriptions in your body. Please do, so hopefully your offspring will come out dumb and unable to reproduce. Stupidity is the new natural selection. Enjoy your chemicals people!!!

John Bunch
John Bunch

Plus, all substances are toxic, if used over a set limit. Water will kill you as a toxin if you drink 3 gallons at once. So the real issue is, what it the toxicological limit.

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

Listen to everything the media tells you, and the money funded FDA wants to shove down your throat. Don't read medical studies, please don't

John Bunch
John Bunch

Craig, THC causes cognitive problems in at least some people.

John Bunch
John Bunch

Dr. Drew Pinksy, an addiction specialist and MD has often talked about this on his show. He in no way thinks pot is ok. He and Adam once interviewed that hip-hop band, "Cypress Hill" and said that their brains were "gone" from smoking weed.

Katie Berger Tremaine
Katie Berger Tremaine

Kat Coats, can we not, please? Scientific testing of anything does not mean "it is 100% guaranteed to be harmless without fail." It means "So far as we can tell given a limited sample trial, we THINK that this won't harm people." Sometimes the testing process misfires. I've received drugs that hurt me. But all the herbalists in the entire world also didn't realize that antibiotic medicines existed anywhere until Alexander Fleming looked at some mold-contaminated bacterial samples and realized that there was something to the clean circles on the plate.

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson

I understand your point John. Whatever beneficial thing we put into our body would lose some of it's benefit if we smoked it. I wouldn't want to dry an apple, and then crumble it, put it in a pipe and smoke it.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

cop or christian fuck, shut the fuck up

strangelovempls
strangelovempls

Man you're ignorant! I mean, do know what economics are?  Do you know that Marijuana is a natural remedy from the earth?  Not so over-processed narcotic that has a million side-effects.


WHERE IS YOUR BRAIN?  GO EDUCATE IT OR GET A NEW ONE! Your's is not working!


digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@greenthinks  actually, the answer to the cash question is right here...


"but only under direct, in-person supervision and the control of a licensed health care provider."


clinics that are already involved in usury and price gouging


clinics that are defrauding US taxpayers via exploiting medicare.medicaid

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@greenthinks  i asked the same question in the other thread...those who will reap the CASH are deep in the shadows. 


i personally vow to subvert any attempts at profiteering 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Maybe their brains are gone from hip-hop and not weed. (Or they were smoking massive amounts - moderation in all things...)

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