More liberal medical marijuana bill likely to win Senate approval, Scott Dibble says

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Pro-medical marijuana DFL leadership in the House and Senate are on two different tracks. Can they come together during the session's final two weeks?
The big medical marijuana compromise announced yesterday by House DFL leaders has gone over about as well as the Hindenburg with medical marijuana activists, but Sen. Scott Dibble (D-Minneapolis) tells us a more liberal version of the bill in his chamber is still very much alive.

The House bill isn't opposed by law enforcement, and Gov. Mark Dayton has said that's a necessary condition for him to sign medical marijuana legislation into law. But in related news, the bill wouldn't allow anybody to actually smoke marijuana. Qualifying patients would be able to use a vaporizer, "but only under direct, in-person supervision and the control of a licensed health care provider."

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The Senate version, on the other hand, would allow patients to smoke marijuana under certain conditions. (Correction -- after this was published, we learned that an amendment proposed during a Senate hearing today removed smokeable medical marijuana from Dibble's bill. Like the House bill, it still allows for vaporizing.) Reached for comment this afternoon, Dibble says he's "more inclined to pursue the approach we have in the Senate."
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Sen. Scott Dibble

"My intention is to bring that bill to the floor and to have a floor vote on our bill, and I think we'll be able to do that next week," he adds.

Asked about how he thinks that vote will go, Dibble says he expects the bill to be approved.

"We're in a very strong position," he says. "I believe it'll be a strong bipartisan vote."

Reached for comment last night, Heather Azzi, political director of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, was far less diplomatic than Dibble when asked about the House compromise.

"I think the proposal offered today doesn't get anything done whatsoever," she told us. "However, I'm pleased that law enforcement has moved from the position of outright opposition to one that accepts [marijuana's] medical value."

But that's about all Azzi is pleased about when it comes to the House bill. She criticized the proposal for removing intractable pain and PTSD from the list of conditions qualifying people for medical marijuana and said she'd prefer to see marijuana regulated "more like a traditional pharmaceutical that doesn't have specific conditions."

Azzi also expressed frustration her group wasn't included in talks between legislators and law enforcement.

"This was very secretive today. We knew nothing about the proposal until about 10 a.m. this morning when he heard about it through the media," she said. "It's been a rough day. I wish I could tell you more, could tell you everything. But we're going to work with them to fix this bill."

Azzi said discussions she had yesterday afternoon with House DFL leaders left her feeling that legislators are willing to address "fundamental flaws" in the proposal. But she expressed regret those talks are happening after a major news conference trumpeting an "unworkable" piece of legislation.

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ssn708crank
ssn708crank

The Senate bill would work. The House bill would require doctors to directly distribute, which would be a violation of federal law and cost doctors their licenses.

Reid LeRud
Reid LeRud

legalize it and tax the living hell out of it.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

That's fine. My buddy doesn't care as he has an easier time scoring illegal RX than he does weed. You morons in St. Paul. Kids are dying of heron overdoses and you are focusing on weed?


Stupid. Bureaucrats. 

John Daniels
John Daniels

People lie to get medical stomach ache head ache depression ect just give me the damn weed

ddowning281
ddowning281

So you can't grow or smoke it,what's the point ?

Lee Shaw
Lee Shaw

Yea vote Dayton out so a Republican can say no too. Idiots.

Christian Abrahamson
Christian Abrahamson

I don't smoke it buy I think it should be legal for the people who have said it helps with their illness.

Tyler Garry
Tyler Garry

I hope it doesnt get abused by people just looking for a high. There are truly sick people who will benifit greatly from medical marijuana, I hope the time has come where they will be able to get the medicine they deserve.

greenthinks
greenthinks

THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND ITS PEOPLE WILL   HAVE TO BYPASS THESE BRAINWASHED " PUBLIC SERVANTS " AS THEY ARE UNABLE TO THINK CLEARLY WHEN IT COMES TO THIS SUBJECT. AFTER LITERALLY DECADES OF PROPAGANDA    ALONG WITH THE  ACCEPTANCE OF THE POLICE STATE THAT HAS DEVELOPED  AND THE PROFITEERING INVOLVED  AMONGST THE VESTED INTERESTS  PREVENT COHERENT THOUGHT ON THIS SUBJECT 

greenthinks
greenthinks

The inmates are running the asylum . This has already been debated over and over again by greater minds all over the country. Something people can grow at home for pennies . They are trying to figure out who will reap the enormous profits  placed upon the backs of these sick suffering individuals. And they are making medical decisions about other peoples lives with no medical training or expertise. 


The police and the drug warriors are going out kicking and screaming as they are forced into tHe 21st century. Shouldnt these people be getting embarrassed about now?   


When does the satire and humiliation at their stupidity ignorance selfishness and self importance begin to kick in?  

Ray Anderson
Ray Anderson

Make sure you smoke it in front of your doctor or nurse, we want you baked out of your mind before leaving the office. Haha

HappyMeal
HappyMeal

Get the fucking leash off your citizens! We will not be forced to comply with your beliefs

Jon Erie
Jon Erie

Scott Dibble for Governor!

eddogg67
eddogg67

What a load of crap, who cares how people decide to consume it. It should be up to the individual and not the government. And certainly not law enforcement.

Hogwash!

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ssn708crank
ssn708crank

Legalize it, yes (since its prohibition is unconstitutional anyway). But tax a plant I can grow myself in my yard? No thanks.

ssn708crank
ssn708crank

A Republican already DID say no, a medical marijuana bill passed both houses in 2009, Pawlenty vetoed it.

ssn708crank
ssn708crank

It will, of course, be abused. But so is every prescription medication, and those are actually easier to obtain, and prescription meds are toxic.

ssn708crank
ssn708crank

Nope, no edibles. And I doubt that will gain momentum, after that suicide in Colorado they want to blame on an edible.

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