Supporters of medical marijuana in Minn. have high hopes for upcoming legislative session

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: February 23, 2014 - 2:55 PM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Supporters of medical marijuana say the state's upcoming 2014 legislative session could represent Minnesota's best chance in years to see pot legalized for medical use.

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texas_technomanFeb. 23, 14 4:03 PM

"Afraid it's going to find it's way into schools"...don't look now; but anyone, of any age (ok...most any age) has a way to find weed if they so need. Legalize it, tax it, put the drug cartels out of business...and invest the "war on drugs" dollars in something worthwhile.

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muckandgrindFeb. 23, 14 4:07 PM

"Dayton expressed similar worries. He said he'd be willing to sign a bill that the law enforcement community can support."----Is anyone else as bothered as I am that law enforcement concerns should supercede the will of the people?

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mnavariceFeb. 23, 14 5:27 PM

Legalizing it will give tacit approval to our youth to use it. Think its a good idea for your children to use it?

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jpcooperFeb. 23, 14 5:35 PM

Has the FDA approved the smoking of marijuana for Medical use? NO!

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mrobbins12Feb. 23, 14 5:40 PM

This would be a good first step as long as they allow the medical extracts for prescription use this year.

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muckandgrindFeb. 23, 14 5:56 PM

"Legalizing it will give tacit approval to our youth to use it. " - B.S. Better to be honest with kids about the relative harms of marijuana than to try and scare them with lies and prohibitionist propoganda. Today's kids are smarter than that. Marijuana IS safer than alcohol and cigarettes. Legalize it, tax it and educate people.

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muckandgrindFeb. 23, 14 6:00 PM

@jpcooper: "Has the FDA approved the smoking of marijuana for Medical use? NO!" - That's only because the FDA is prohibited from conducting studies and trials on it due to the fact that marijuana has been categorized a schedule 1 drug. Other countries (like Isreal, for example) have done studies that prove the therapeutic benefits of marijuana. I can tell you from personal experience that it helps with the side effects of chemotherapy.

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jt325girlFeb. 23, 14 8:58 PM

People need to get educated in the what medical marijuana is doing in Colorado for children with Epilepsy and other illnesses. Education is the key people!!

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allhailfsmFeb. 23, 1411:30 PM

Law enforcement has NO standing to weigh in on what the law should be. The legislature makes the law, the police ENFORCE it. They should do what they are told to do, not tell the lawmakers what to do. Its time to legalize Marijuana completely, like Colorado and Washington. There is no reason to set up a huge bureaucracy to enforce medical use of pot. Drug abuse is a problem, but jailing users and ruining their lives has not solved anything. Lets just STOP IT.

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cyclopsFeb. 24, 14 1:33 PM

With comments like "Legalizing it will give tacit approval to our youth to use it", I can see how people get so confused about certain aspects of MMJ. The "youth" already have access to marijuana. It's the public denying this that is a big part of the problem. I know that people just don't want to acknowledge that, but it is the truth. A kid can easily get MJ at their school or thru their friends. Even if MMJ is approved, the MMJ price is most likely going to fall above the street value of the illegal weed, which makes MMJ and a youths likely use of it a moot point (ie they will continue to buy from cheaper illegal street sources). The approval by some of a pill or inhaler just boggles the mind. First, the specialization of the mode of ingestion will complicate and delay the MMJ to those that could benefit from it. We'd have to find businesses specializing in these forms. Second, you are telling a person that they can't vaporize or injest via mouth as that too attractive to youth, but instead we can get an inhaler or a pill which pretty much delivers the same components. Huh. What is the difference. There is no difference other than to put a middle man into the equation. Whatever the case, people who have chronic conditions are having police and public lawyers, etc make the laws and determine their health care. In reality the legistlature should be making the laws and the trained medical personnel determining the care of the chronically ill.

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