MN House passes medical marijuana bill with overwhelming support

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Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) defending the House version of a medical marijuana bill
The Minnesota House approved medical marijuana legislation Friday with overwhelming support that cut across party lines.

It's passage, with a 86-39 vote, leaves Minnesota poised to become the 22nd state with a medical marijuana program. What that program will look like is still up in the air. A conference committee is now tasked with hashing out two very different bills before dropping the final decision on Gov. Mark Dayton.

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The House version, lead by Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbin), is far more conservative. Melin acknowledges that the proposal wasn't as broad and inclusive as some had hoped, "but I can't take an all-or-nothing approach this session," she says. "We need to provide relief for these families now."

The Senate bill, which was approved Wednesday and spearheaded by Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), has neither the support of law enforcement nor the governor, but it saves both the state and patients more money, and provides a wider reaching distribution system for a great number of people in pain. It passed with overwhelming support on Wednesday, despite the efforts of some boring old biddies to paint marijuana as a mysterious substance and a killer.

On Friday, the Reefer Madness baton passed to Rep. Bob Barett (R-Lindstrom), a marketing executive at Hazelden Foundation treatment center. In support of an amendment that would have prevented the public health commissioner from approving other marijuana delivery methods, Barrett gave the example of a Wyoming student who, in April, ate a few too many marijuana cookies, then fell to his death from a balcony in Denver.

Barrett asserted that he was just as compassionate as anyone else -- his wife, in fact, could benefit from medical marijuana. However, he disapproves of the plant generally, because of its potential for addiction.

"I empathize with the moms and dads and kids (who could also benefit)," he says, "but see too many unintended negative consequences of this bill."


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Yancy James O'brien
Yancy James O'brien

Can u believe these people are not jail for life I guess I'm going to go kill a shit load of people and steel out of people's home and let people shoot those kids I know that will be shoot watch them die and laugh that they did it to them because all of them in tv show singer judges Obama police that's what they did so I can do it to because nothing will happen and let the people in jail know that they get charged for it and you people.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

"We all know addiction is a symptom of much bigger issues in society."


wat this mean???

Daego Piech
Daego Piech

That last part, no way no how. These new bills are being shaped by and for big pharma.

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

Let me speak about the regulations in CO, since I do work for the worlds largest legal grow. Products are required to be tested by a third party, the plants are flushed very well, otherwise you would more than likely fail the trace tests that the third party lab does. CannaLabs is one and their findings are public information. Also there has been a strict lockdown of cleanliness at grows, since there were reports of ecoli and salmonella... Also there is a clause in the constitutional amendment that states big pharma, tobacco, and others cannot do business in marijuana.

Daego Piech
Daego Piech

Not only is it a "joke" but it obscures the real issue and the plot these baby steps are concealing. The real issue behind legalized weed is not if, but how. MA and AZ have a "millionaire clause" that require dispensary owners and growers (that are the same license) to have 2 million in "reserve capital." What is that? Well, put it this way. The first guy to be granted a license owns a luxury car dealership. It's flat out crony capitalism again. Marijuana is the last commodity. It is renewable and requires low startup cash. If you think big pharma is going to let you and your friends in on that action think again. In MN, the original HF1818 bill allows one dispensary for every county with 30,000 residents. Or, one per 30,000 residents. Thus, Hennepin will allow 15 total. You are not getting one. No one you know is opening anything. You may, however, pay the $20,000 and apply for the dual permit only to have $18,000 refunded after they deny you, pocket your $2,000, and call it "funds generated from legal marijuana taxation." This entire thing is so idiotic I get a stomach ache. Even Colorado's weed is suffering as they are held to FDA standards and dispensaries have to grow their own. They can't keep up so they cure plants before they've been starved and watered for two weeks to flush out the fertilizer chemicals. So you get dirty weed. The more you concede on legalization the more you allow the wealthy to dominate the burgeoning market and keep people from participating in what can be a poverty crusher, and opportunity unlike any other, and a complete game changer in the class struggle.

John Sullivan
John Sullivan

Welcome to the middle ages Minnesota. One day we may get it right. Do some research.

Ginny Albrecht
Ginny Albrecht

Anyone else noticed the "past" was supposed to be "passed" ugh.

Erin Sayer
Erin Sayer

Dumbditty dum dum. Get back to me when it's legal.

Jade Rosch
Jade Rosch

Medical marijuana that only 1% of people that could benefit from it will have access to.

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Willy Hutchins
Willy Hutchins

Hopefully Dayton will have another Stroke before the Vote.

GeorgeBush
GeorgeBush

I'm snorting cocaine right now in celebration!!!!

Kurt Vatland
Kurt Vatland

Its a start. MN is fkn retarded for not just going the CO route. America itself is retarded for taking so long. We all know the truth, bout time our laws and industry go that way.

Chris Kurle
Chris Kurle

Know that the House version can be summed up in 1 word - crap. It creates an expensive and limited study that is not even a working program. The Senate passed a significantly better bill. The House did this to essentially pull the wool over people's eyes so the Governor doesn't lose support for being Law Enforcement's little bitch

Brad Conley
Brad Conley

How many votes would he lose if he didn't sign it? It would be wise to avoid being seen as siding with your party's opposition.

Jodi Wegner
Jodi Wegner

of course Dayton will sign it. Bout time

Dave Finton
Dave Finton

Even if he vetoed the bill, it's pretty much veto-proof at this point

Jen Omlie
Jen Omlie

If anything , do it for the children!

David Kruchowski
David Kruchowski

With the votes being as overwhelming as they were, I think he'd be hard-pressed not to.

admrilvoro16000
admrilvoro16000

No i think it should only be used by people with severe medical conditions, otherwise people like you get a excuse to get high, how bought it should be a exclusive to only people with severe medical conditions? 

admrilvoro16000
admrilvoro16000

The house bill won't make it to the gov because the senate is going to decline it. 

lord_dubie
lord_dubie

@admrilvoro16000  ya, so whats the excuse behind letting people get DRUNK ?!?!?!  smoke cigarettes ?!?!? take any number of prescription meds that are MUCH worse for you?!?!?!? marijuana is therapeutic in a number of ways for a number of ailments that wouldnt be classified "severe" are you suggesting those people should just suffer or continue to use man made CRAP that causes them additional problems?!?!?! also, for the record, WE DONT NEED AN EXCUSE TO GET HIGH!!!!  we are already doing it!!!! your just not getting the ridiculous amount of tax money from it we could be!!!


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