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Kathy Engstrom of Rogers thought it was important for legislators to see the faces of the people who could benefit from medical marijuana. She took her son Nolan, 16, for a break during an April 25, 2014, hearing. Nolan has epilepsy and suffers from daily seizures.

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Medical pot clears another Senate panel despite police opposition

  • Associated Press
  • April 30, 2014 - 6:22 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — One more Minnesota Senate panel has approved legislation that would legalize medical marijuana.

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave the OK Wednesday despite opposition from law enforcement including Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman. They raised concerns about increased illicit use of marijuana intended for medical use.

Supporters testified that medical marijuana can help ease diseases such as muscular dystrophy and epilepsy.

It's the fourth Senate panel to advance the measure since last week, and moves to the Finance Committee next. But the bill is stalled in the House.

Senate fiscal analyst Chris Turner said the bill would have a minimal impact on court activity.

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