Marijuana Bill Gets State Senate Hearing Today
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Marijuana Bill Gets State Senate Hearing Today
Posted by CN Staff on April 02, 2009 at 06:28:48 PT
By Bob Von Sternberg, Star Tribune
Source: Star-Tribune
Minnesota -- A bill that would legalize the medical use of marijuana in Minnesota continues to work its way through the state Legislature, with a Senate hearing on it set for today. The Senate Finance Committee scheduled a hearing on the bill this morning. The bill, gaining support among legislators but adamantly opposed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, already has been approved by three other Senate committees.
In the past, the bill has gotten as far as winning approval by the full Senate in 2007, but has never reached Pawlenty's desk.It also has been approved by four committees in the House.The proposal, as in past years, would establish a system through which qualified patients could obtain marijuana to ease pain and other symptoms through nonprofit organizations registered with the state.If it becomes law, add Minnesota to the list of 13 states that permit some form of medicinal use of marijuana.Pawlenty remains opposed to any legalization, but his spokesman has said he would reconsider if law-enforcement officials drop their own firm opposition to it. So far, none has.Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune (MN) Author: Bob Von Sternberg, Star TribunePublished: April 2, 2009Copyright: 2009 Star Tribune Contact: opinion Website: Articles:MMJ in Minnesota Closer To Becoming Reality Marijuana Bill Gathers Steam At Capitol
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Comment #2 posted by happy on April 03, 2009 at 09:10:28 PT
Now if they can keep up the momentum. We need a few more mid western states to smarten up. 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 02, 2009 at 18:47:58 PT
Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Another Hurdle
April 2, 2009Another hurdle cleared for the Medical Marijuana bill up at the State Capitol. The Senate Finance Committee today passed the bill that would allow seriously ill patients to smoke marijuana to control pain and other symptoms. The bill passed this final Senate committee on a vote of 9 to 3 and now moves to the Senate floor. Thirteen states now permit medical use of marijuana under state law if a physician has recommended it.URL:
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