Medical Marijuana passage in Minnesota

  • Minnesota will become the only medical marijuana state that forbids smoking as a form of treatment and that would bar access to the drug in plant form.

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Medical marijuana advocates, from left, Jessica Hauser, Kathy Engstrom, Kim Kelsey and Angela Garin fought hard for the measure.

On her way to meet with Sen. Sandra Pappas office, Rep. Carly Melin paused to talk with Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Ken Peterson.

Advocates for medical marijuana hugged after the vote. “It makes all of those hours spent in committee meetings worth it,” said one supporter.

Advocates for Medical marijuana held photos of relatives, loved ones a...

Katelyn Pauling, 7, lower left, Amelia Weaver, bottom right, and their parents Kristy Pauling, upper left, and Josh Weaver (blue shirt) and his wife Angie Weaver (long blond hair) at the DFL press conference announcing the house bill on medical marijuana. Both Katelyn and Amelia suffer from epilepsy, and could benefit from medical marijuana.

Katelyn Pauling, 7, bottom left, Amelia Weaver, bottom center, and, from left, their parents, Kristy Pauling and Josh and Angie Weaver, appeared Thursday at a DFL news conference on the House’s medical marijuana bill. Katelyn and Amelia both suffer from epilepsy.

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.

Leif Hamre of Minneapolis joined a rally of Minnesota NORML at the State Capitol. The group, with chapters across the country, seeks to legalize recreational marijuana.

Angie Weaver comforted her daughter Amelia, 7, at a Senate hearing about a medical marijuana bill Thursday at the State Capitol. Amelia suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, called Dravet Syndrome, that can be effectively treated with a substance extracted from marijuana, which is currently illegal in Minnesota.

Gov. Mark Dayton

A group of medical marijuana patients and advocates gathered in front of the governor's residence, earlier this month. A group of 11 later met with Gov. Mark Dayton.

Leif Hamre of Minneapolis joined a rally of Minnesota NORML at the State Capitol. The group, with chapters across the country, seeks to legalize recreational marijuana.

A group of medical marijuana patients and advocates gathered in front of the governor's residence earlier in the month.

Gov. Mark Dayton

  • Governor offers proposal for medical marijuana research

    Article By: DAVID BREWSTER , Star Tribune Publish / Update March 21, 2014 5:41 PM

    Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing that the state fund clinical trials at Mayo Clinic of cannabis-based medications for children with severe forms of epilepsy, as well as a more comprehensive study of medical marijuana.

Governor Mark Dayton discusses the tax bill Passed by the senate and e...

A group of medical-marijuana advocates gathered in front of the governor’s residence, and 11 of them met with Gov. Mark Dayton inside.

March 4, 2014: Jordan resident Joni Whiting gave harrowing testimony of her daughter dying from skin cancer at a House of Representatives committee meeting to review a bill for medical marijuana.

A man smokes a marijuana cigarette.

Dec. 27, 2013: Marijuana plants grow under special lights inside the grow facility at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver.

Maria Botker held her daughter Greta, 7, after the girl had a seizure at their home in Colorado. Two other daughters and her husband live in Minnesota, and they stay connected via time on iPads every night. “Right now I’m sacrificing time with them for the hope of a miracle with her,” Maria Botker said about being in Colorado, with access to medical marijuana.

  • Interactive: Legal marijuana gaining ground

    Article By: RAYMOND GRUMNEY , Publish / Update January 26, 2014 7:45 AM

    Medical marijuana is now legal in 20 states and in D.C. In 2012, two of those states also made pot legal for recreational use by adults 21 and over. Eight of the 10 states that had legalized medical marijuana by 2006 saw a decrease in teen use of marijuana between 1999 to 2006

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Joni Whiting broke into tears as she spoke Thursday about how her daughter’s cancer pain was relieved by marijuana.

  • Why legalize medical marijuana?

    Article By: MCKENNA EWEN , Publish / Update May 2, 2013 4:07 PM

    As legislators introduce a bill to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, Joni Whiting shares how the drug helped relieve pain for her 26-year-old daugher who had melanoma skin cancer.

Governor Mark Dayton.

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