MN Senate passes medical marijuana bill

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Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), the chief sponsor of a medical marijuana, speaking with reporters
The Minnesota Senate approved a bill Tuesday that legalizes marijuana for medical use but limits ingestion to pills, oil, and vaporizing. It made it across the finish line with enough votes to overcome a veto by Gov. Mark Dayton -- 48 to 18 -- following a five-hour debate that produced some of the most bizarre statements uttered this session.

The biggest pushback came from Sen. Bill "I'm so against this bill" Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria), who opened up his remarks by saying the state should be more concerned with pot holes than pot. What followed was a series of statements, similar to those he laid out in a recent letter, about how medical marijuana was a grave step toward all-out blazing in the streets.

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Fear-mongering eventually gave way to non sequitur. Alcohol and cigarettes are already legal, he reminded no one. "Why in the world would anybody vote to bring in a third killer? Think about that."

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Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria)
Ingebrigtsen went so far as to force several fellow senators to say whether they had spoken with their local sheriffs, who are opposed to the legislation. He also insinuated that the bill's author, Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), was a know-it-all who skirted his questions.

To which Dibble responded: "I've been answering the questions. Maybe I haven't been giving the answers that Senator Ingebrigtsen likes."

A flabbergasted Sen. Branden Petersen (R-Andover) described Ingebrigtsen's mental process as a "logical fallacy bingo board," then cautioned against insulting the intelligence of his colleagues.

As for the bill, Petersen, who's a sponsor, boiled down the debate to a simple question: "Do you believe that health care decisions are best made between doctors and patients?"

Some might see reductionism in that statement -- Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) argued it would allow people to go back to the "good old days" of making medicine in steaming black pots -- but it actually represents the underlying philosophy of medical marijuana programs elsewhere in the country.


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sagenoonday
sagenoonday

When is it up to law enforcement to be in a conversation in which there only job is to enforce laws themselves?   law makers are there for the people not there own personal beliefs  the need to straight up do the right thing and allow people who are sick to get there meds 

MarkAllanJensen
MarkAllanJensen

He's more concerned with potholes than pot? Doesn't the moron know that the more profitable income that comes into the state from the legalization of Marijuana, the better equipped they'll be to fix the potholes? Why are we listening to these men in the first place? Because they read a few books and have a degree? You can have ten degrees and still be a complete Moron... and our governments are proof of that.

jillybeans1987
jillybeans1987

I am representing people with epilepsy. This drug is a glimmer of hope. I am an epileptic along with my daughter. She was diagnosed 20 years before I. I am so happy that I am well controlled. Have you seen your child seizing for 4 minutes knowing what it is doing to her? They state this isn't good for you. What about a 4 minute seizure to know some do die. Is the medicines good for you? What are they doing to the body? We should make nasal decongestants illegal.. They are used in the making of meth. This drug kills people... People believe we are going to throw our sneakers on and run to the Dr's office to get a prescription. I better keep my sneakers on because I will be losing my license.

johnkstein
johnkstein

I am glad MN. has taken a step in the right direction. I currently reside in N.M. for the ability to use cannabis for my chronic pain. It will be nice to be able to go home some day without fear of being jailed for being disabled.


wbowman09
wbowman09

Does it really matter how they vote? I'm high right now...

Cameron Bromen
Cameron Bromen

Well, they are comparable. But you do have a point that alcohol is more dangerous. Sunday liquor law is so outdated and pointless.

Dan Reis
Dan Reis

None of this will matter as the house bill is totally watered down. Veto or not. Dayton will not see the Senate's version.

Josh Matthews
Josh Matthews

This is ridiculous. "All out blazing in the streets.." Lol. Politicians are a bunch of bologna.

spincut13
spincut13

"This point would be drummed over and over again during the hearing. Sober heads on the side of the opposition spent their time arguing that Minnesota was moving too quickly. "

Uhhhh what? If anything we're BEHIND, especially with this bill. Why would someone think we're moving too fast when many other states have it more flexibly legalized medically, with some just outright legalizing it? I realize I'm stating the obvious here, but listening to excerpts from this debate makes me wonder just how stupid and daft our locally elected officials are. Especially in the outlying districts..


Also, as heartfelt as Senator Wigers change of heart, it's also kind of messed up that it took someone close to him to have cancer to change his mind. A little low on empathy and compassion if it's not right at your doorstep, aren't we?

Karen Schnarr
Karen Schnarr

This will l help many people that need this for real medication.

theoko
theoko

What next??? Dancing on Sundays???

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter


How can our leaders push a "Progressive" ideology and then be so archaic in their approach to marijuana and alcohol. I just can't believe that I live in a state that still thinks these blue laws are anything but lobbyists strongholds. 


Its very clear that the government is still bought and paid for by big business. Whatever is left is controlled by fear, paranoia, and ignorance. 

Lex Lambent
Lex Lambent

it's a step in the right direction. jesus christ you cynics have to find something wrong with everything.

Lex Lambent
Lex Lambent

Why would you bring up alcohol? The two aren't even comparable. Medicine Vs. Poison

Kenny Thiem
Kenny Thiem

This is what happens when we mix church and state.

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

yep! It's a totally stupid and inconvenient law. Just like all those Sunday laws

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

This medicinal herb which is referenced in the Holy Bible Revelation 22:1-3 , Mark 6 12-13 has been in use for thousands of years. It is purported that the Anointing oil used by Jesus Christ Himself was mainly cannabis. A complete food with 50,000 known uses was grown by George Washington Thomas Jefferson and supposedly smoked by Abraham Lincoln. Most clothing was made from hemp there have been numerous laws passed even, requiring farmers to grow marijuana during war times most recently WW2. BUT even better is scientific fact that Marijuana is not only a treatment but the actual miracle cure for cancer and a very many other diseases that millions of poor suffering souls have prayed to God for during their very darkest hours for themselves but also their loved ones ! The Nixon invented "War on Drugs" along with the DEA have so deluged and misled the American people with decades of virulent propaganda that this modern country has actually waged war against this beneficial plant spending hundreds of billions of dollars .Marijuana death squads with militarized police have killed terrorized imprisoned millions upon millions of people for the mere possession and use of this plant kicking in doors in the middle of the night breaking family's apart victimizing and traumatizing children turning our great country into a virtual police state a surveillance society where every citizens privacy and communications are recorded for posterity upon the governments super computers. We now have the distinction of imprisoning more people then any other country on the planet over one half of those prisoners for non violent offences such as drug possession and an increase of over 480% since the inception of the Nixonian War on Drugs.

Kenny Thiem
Kenny Thiem

Are you to lazy to go to the store on Saturday and stock up for sunday.That sunday law isn't anything new or just drive to wisconisin

Kenny Thiem
Kenny Thiem

You really cant buy a car on sunday? I never heard of that law. That is pretty stupid.

Blake Coleman
Blake Coleman

They still are not getting this bill right. They are hacking it up and making it a pain in the ass. Just dumb.

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

why can't we buy CARS on Sunday? Those laws are all stupid!

shadeaux
shadeaux


Former Minnesotan here.


It was 102 here yesterday.


Medical cannabis was made legal here 4 yrs. ago and I use it to treat the symptoms of MS.


NONE of the "doom and gloom" scenarios predicted by some law enforcement and the usual conservative blue noses came to pass.

No increase in use by teenagers or children.

No increase in impaired driving.

No increase in drug related crime.

Very, very few cases of people doing anything illegal with legally obtained medical cannabis.

No psychotic potheads roaming the streets attacking pizza delivery persons.

What HAS happened is that many people, myself included, can get  adequate relief of our symptoms with a plant that is MUCH safer than anything Pharma can offer, and at a much lower price.


Wini Von Bago Johnson
Wini Von Bago Johnson

i wonder how many if any family members actually use canabis for their medical conditions such as pain? or feeling depressed? .....i get the feeling.....

Wini Von Bago Johnson
Wini Von Bago Johnson

of course, right. if this actually helped anyone with cancer then where would John Hopkins be? or the Mayo Clinic? or the pill manufacturers.

Wini Von Bago Johnson
Wini Von Bago Johnson

see if they state can force you to only take it in PILL FORM then the big PILL COMPANIES WHO PAID FOR THAT LITTLE BIT OF BS LEGISLATURE TO INSURE THAT ONLY THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE IT AND CHARGE YOU FOR IT BECAUSE THAT'S WHO REALLY IS AT THE STINKING PIT AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS HOLE. NOT FOOLING ANYONE. IF ANYONE COULD USE CANABIS THEN ANYONE CAN GROW THEIR OWN SO WHERE IS THE PROFIT IN THAT? SO ONCE AGAIN MINNESOTA IS SIDING WITH BIG MONEY PHARMA INSTEAD OF DOING WHAT SHOULD BE DONE. SO ONLY THE POLITICAL ASSHATS WHO USE CANABIS BUT DONT WANT ANYONE ELSE TO USE CANABIS...ARE ALLOWED TO USE IT ON THEIR OWN TERMS. BECAUSE THEY ARE BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE WHO NEEDS IT.

AnDrew Kueffner
AnDrew Kueffner

Finally! I can quit working and medicate myself all day. Whew

Jennifer Dahn
Jennifer Dahn

Couldn't have said it better myself Chad Nordstrom. I wish more people would open their eyes to the whopping waste of time and money the War On Drugs really is. I wish this country would follow Portugal's lead and decriminalize all drugs. Take the power away from the cartels all together, and allow people to make their own decisions. The War On Drugs is a War On People.

Kenny Thiem
Kenny Thiem

All I can is, it's a start. It might not be what most people wanted but it starts somewhere. And the reason they passes this bill instead of selling beer on sunday is cause this bill can actually save lives. What people are to lazy to just go get beer on Saturday for sunday. It's called planning ahead as this sunday thing isn't anything new. Alcohol kills people. There has never ever been a death contributed to marijuana. Peanuts have killed more people then Weed has.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

also, why would potholes need to be discussed in the fucking legislature?


just fix them before we go FULL mogadishu

Betty Hindbjorgen
Betty Hindbjorgen

Minnesota always drags things on & on.....this is a lame bill, but it's a step. The main focus should be primarily on medical purposes. Then for private, leisure use. IMO

greenthinks
greenthinks

This medicinal herb which is referenced in the Holy Bible Revelation 22:1-3 , Mark 6 12-13 has been in use for thousands of years. It is purported that the Anointing oil used by Jesus Christ Himself was mainly cannabis. A complete food with 50,000 known uses was grown by George Washington Thomas Jefferson and supposedly smoked by Abraham Lincoln. Most clothing was made from hemp there have been numerous laws passed even, requiring farmers to grow marijuana during war times most recently WW2. 

BUT even better is  scientific fact that Marijuana is not only a treatment but the actual miracle cure for cancer and a very many other diseases that millions of poor suffering souls have prayed to God for during their very darkest hours for themselves but also their loved ones !

The Nixon invented "War on Drugs" along with the DEA have so deluged and misled the American people with decades of virulent propaganda that this modern country has actually waged war against this beneficial plant  spending hundreds of billions of dollars  .Marijuana death squads with militarized police have killed terrorized imprisoned millions upon millions of people for the mere possession and use of this plant  kicking in doors  in the middle of the night breaking family's apart  victimizing  and traumatizing children turning our great country into a virtual police state a surveillance society where every citizens privacy and communications are recorded for posterity upon the governments super computers. We now have the distinction of imprisoning more people then any other country on the planet over one half of those prisoners for non violent offences such as drug possession and an increase of over 480% since the inception of the Nixonian War on Drugs.  

Steve Kershner
Steve Kershner

Yeah. As a cancer patient, this bill doesnt do much in the way of helping me.

Steve Kershner
Steve Kershner

Its a start, but we really do need a better bill. this one sorta sucks.

Karen Peterson Mandt
Karen Peterson Mandt

It is the oil that is showing the medical benefits for seizures, etc. This is a good step.

shadeaux
shadeaux

@johnkstein  

Same here, although Arizona has been my home for 30 years, I still have friends in Mn that I'd like to visit.

But not in winter. Say what you want about out 100+ degree summer weather but you don't have to shovel heat.

ssn708crank
ssn708crank

The House version is a completely separate bill. The Senate version gets passed up to the House. They could choose not to vote on the Senate bill, or they could choose to vote on it and either vote against or pass.

Arkadi
Arkadi

To be fair, smoking anything isn't very good for you. And it's a lot harder to grow your own pills at home to sell.

juanmiles
juanmiles

Lazy you will die that way,and have more pain than you can imagine, work is good for you takes your mind off the pain with medicine you take .

greenthinks
greenthinks

You have been misled. It is the plant all parts of it in synergy . The attempt to vilify THC is a ruse to try to justify it being illegal and the War on Drugs. A lame attempt by others to profit off of this beneficial plant.

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