Medical marijuana smoking ban would essentially be enforced on honor system

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Dayton is worried medical marijuana will actually be used for recreational purposes.
As a conference committee tries to hash out (pardon the pun) a medical marijuana compromise, one issue that's already been agreed upon is that Minnesota's medical marijuana system won't allow patients to actually smoke marijuana.

The House bill doesn't even allow patients to get their hands on plant-form marijuana, while the Senate version allows patients to leave a dispensary with up to 2.5 ounces. Once patients return home, they'd be prohibited from smoking the stuff, but enforcement of that provision would basically boil down to the honor system. (For a nice breakdown of the differences between the House and Senate version of the bill, click here.)

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Asked about that provision, Heather Azzi, political director of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, points out that "every other medical marijuana state in the country trusts the patients with their medicine, as we do with oxycontin. This is nothing new."

Those convicted of violating the smoking ban would face a $200 fine under the Senate version.

A previous version of the House medical marijuana bill required patients to remain under medical supervision while using marijuana, but that provision was removed from the bill now under consideration in conference committee. So while patients wouldn't be able to get their hands on actual marijuana, they would be able to vaporize liquids and oils from the comfort of their home. (Ironically, those extracts are actually more intoxicating than straight-up plant marijuana.)

During a Monday news conference, Gov. Mark Dayton expressed concern about medical marijuana being diverted for recreational use.

"It's just to me impossible to believe that somebody is gonna buy two and a half ounces of marijuana and not smoke it or not sell it to somebody else who will," Dayton said. "It just defies common sense in my judgment."

But Azzi points out that the Senate bill includes a felony-level penalty to diversion. Furthermore, offenders would have their medical marijuana cards revoked and would be banned from participating in the program.

Dayton is concerned, however, that allowing patients to take leaf marijuana home with them will turn Minnesota into Colorado before too long.

(For more, click to page two.)


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Kyla Ammon
Kyla Ammon

I have an opinion. Too bad if you don't like.

Jake Lundgren
Jake Lundgren

Dayton needs to go. Well, we can just take his advice and keep buying it on the street. They act like their isn't a black market that is alive and well. Like medical happening will be our first encounter with marihuana. Guy is all over the place and can't make his own decisions and we all see law enforcements hand up his puppet ass.

Tony Wegleitner
Tony Wegleitner

Like his stupid quote" I find it hard for someone to need 2.5oz" we'll I find it hard for someone to drink/ purchase as much alchohal as they want and they can DIE from it.

Tony Wegleitner
Tony Wegleitner

Right!?? All arguments are not valid or can be counter by just saying any of the following - "what about alcohol, oxy, or tobacco

McLain Causey
McLain Causey

So, the pill-head is worried about other people doing drugs. Gotcha.

Tony Wegleitner
Tony Wegleitner

"Common sense" shouldn't be said by him, because common sense people would legalize it because the truth is out!

Tony Wegleitner
Tony Wegleitner

There is soooooo much wrong with Dayton an what he has been doig with this bill

Matt Mortensen
Matt Mortensen

Marijuana should be legal period, huge source of revenue

Pamela Chavez Birch
Pamela Chavez Birch

Funny and sad but true at the same time. Expressions like that are not natural occurring if you get my drift...

Pamela Chavez Birch
Pamela Chavez Birch

Depends on if they have the campaign money to rival the Daytons.....

Pamela Chavez Birch
Pamela Chavez Birch

Please don't be an ageist and judge people based on their chronological age. Stupid people are stupid no mayter how many years they have walked the planet...

Paul Whyte
Paul Whyte

Didn't Dayton recommend that people in medical need buy their pot off the street or in another state? I'm really confused.

pijfers
pijfers

Stop building cars.They can be used for robbery,murder,illegal transports and oh so many other crimes. Same with guns,planes,and above all politicie.They are used for lying,bribing and creating bad laws.

Ryan Schoen
Ryan Schoen

Fuck Dayton! This is a bullshit bill!

Amanda Rae
Amanda Rae

You're wrong too Marilyn, it has nothing to do with leaf form or not, it has to with plant cultivars (or strains/breeds). Different cultivars have different chemical compositions...some are high in thc and cbd, some are low in cbd or thc or any variation thereof. There is a lot more to cannabis than simply thc and cbd. There are more than 400 chemical compounds present in the cannabis plant and they all work together to make it therapeutic.

Amanda Rae
Amanda Rae

That's what opiates do to the body.

Amanda Rae
Amanda Rae

Jason, that's because that was a constitutional amendment. That's different than voter initiative. Sure, we could amend our constitution, and we certainly should in this case, but my point is, it's a different method and that is the only method we legitimately have to use in this state.

Marilyn Norgart
Marilyn Norgart

not true, some types have only the cbd's, the leaf form has the thc

Marilyn Norgart
Marilyn Norgart

i dont want to see it treated like alcohol but as a medicine, unless you are talking recreational usage of course.

Marilyn Norgart
Marilyn Norgart

i dont get it, 2 manufactures and 8 dispensiaries. who is going to grow it? And how are the people in outlying areas going to get it. this is so much bull. Dayton will not get my vote again. such compassion (sarc)

Steve Gansen
Steve Gansen

Wait, is it possible that some people who lobbied for this only really wanted it for recreational smoking? Shocking!

Linda Sue Blowers Sulzdorf
Linda Sue Blowers Sulzdorf

Oh who cares if it's used recreationally, i mean....really!!! I've never seen a mean pothead, but plenty of mean drunks... No, i don't use--it doesn't agree with me--but i do enjoy my wine, so am not going to throw stones. I'm hoping that acceptance of marijuana use becomes the next thing after acceptance of gay marriage. I mean...jeesh!!!!!!

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

With you on that, right up until the last 3 words. MN actually had a budget surplus last year and managed to pay back all the money it took from education funding for other purposes (ie, the Vikings stadium). Other than that, I'm with your idea 100%!

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

THAT'S the look! I've been trying to place that look since he got elected! Best I could manage was "abused puppy dog", but your description is far more accurate!! lol

Jon Rrmc Wiswell
Jon Rrmc Wiswell

Do they realize that dabs ( concentrate) is exponentially stronger than flower buds?! It's all I smoke, but it's not for beginners or the meak.

Karen White Garvey
Karen White Garvey

It has been used for many, many years for recreational purposes. Where has he been?

Eric Jacobs
Eric Jacobs

Should just legalize it. Working here just fine. Didnt bring down the apocolyps.

Aida Cantu-Reza
Aida Cantu-Reza

Stop worrying about ppl who may use it recreationally.. They will continue to do so.. Let's focus on ppl who really need it, stop punishing others for what some Ppl 'may' do!

Crystal Saari
Crystal Saari

He should be worrying about ppl taking perscription pills for recreational purposes too! That's always been a problem. Why do they just like to point the finger at this stuff being bad when pills are bad too

Lauren Schmidt
Lauren Schmidt

So um, when did Dayton become such a republican? Don't worry guys!! If this doesn't pass, we can just fake injuries and load up on painkillers. SO. MUCH. SAFER. than marijuana. Dayton totally approves of that one

greenthinks
greenthinks

Ironically, those extracts are actually more intoxicating than straight-up plant marijuana.)"? TO THE CITY PAGES WRITER : marijuana is not an intoxicant! it is an edible complete food with medicinal qualities. It is not a "TOXIC" SUBSTANCE. please check your scientific facts before perpetuating this Drug War myth / propaganda.       

Amber Reis
Amber Reis

Let's stop worrying about this stuff and treat marijuana like alcohol....Put an age restriction on it, don't do it at work, and don't come to work with its effects present. People who are gonna use the drug irresponsibly are going to use it that way whether or not it's illegal (much like alcohol) so we might as well legalize it and tax it heavily since MN is broke.

Ed Plunkett
Ed Plunkett

When is he up for re-election? Can someone a bit more clever be voted into office?

jackchitt
jackchitt

Wow.. Do you even marijuana bro? All contain a percentage of THC.. Even hemp 

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