Medical Marijuana Bill Outlined, But Debate Waits
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Medical Marijuana Bill Outlined, But Debate Waits
Posted by CN Staff on May 02, 2013 at 08:29:30 PT
By Brian Bakst, Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
St. Paul, Minn. -- Supporters of legalizing marijuana for medical use put their plan forward Thursday at Minnesota's Capitol even though the major debate will wait until next year.Leaders of the group that will lead the charge have previously said they are not expecting any action on the proposal until the 2014 session. This session is due to conclude in a few weeks.
The 22-page bill dictates the amount of marijuana someone can possess, the types of health conditions that would permit use and the rules medical professionals must follow when issuing prescriptions. It would continue to bar use of marijuana on school buses and school grounds, on public transportation, in the presence of a child and while operating vehicles, boats or other transportation equipment.Patients who are prescribed the drug would have to get a special identification card, which would carry a fee ranging from $25 to $100. They would be allowed to carry 2.5 ounces of marijuana at a time. Qualifying debilitating medical conditions include cancer, glaucoma, AIDS and several others.Marijuana dispensaries would have to pay a $15,000 registration fee, and there would be limits on the number that could operate in any county dependent on population.Boosters have bipartisan support in both chambers, though considerably more Democrats are signed on as co-sponsors.Minnesota lawmakers approved a medical marijuana bill in 2009. But then-Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed the measure. Current Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has voiced opposition to legalization of marijuana for any use.The state's main law enforcement associations have long opposed any efforts to loosen the state's marijuana laws. Dennis Flaherty, executive director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, has called legalized drug possession "a regulatory and enforcement nightmare."Medical marijuana is legal in 18 states plus the District of Columbia, and similar efforts are underway in many more. Last month, the Illinois House narrowly approved a bill establishing a four-year pilot project; that bill awaits Senate action.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Brian Bakst, Associated Press Published:  May 2, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Associated PressCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on May 03, 2013 at 05:41:37 PT
John Tyler
It is excellent news. I haven't been able to find a good news article just about it so far. Hopefully this weekend a news article will be written.
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Comment #1 posted by John Tyler on May 02, 2013 at 22:18:57 PT
Maryland approved medical cannabis 
I heard on the news that Maryland approved medical cannabis today.
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