Medical marijuana bill
Dozens of Minnesotans lined up to testify in favor of a bill that would make this the 21st state to legalize medical marijuana. Updated Mar. 5, 2014
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is pushing for Minnesota to follow suit when the Legislature returns to work at the end of this month, but those lawmakers will encounter substantial resistance.
A man smokes a marijuana cigarette.
The divisive issue is heading to the Minnesota Legislature today.
Dec. 27, 2013: Marijuana plants grow under special lights inside the grow facility at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver.
As legislators draft bills to legalize doctor-prescribed marijuana, public remains split.
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.
Before Minnesota considers following 20 states, a debate rages within homes, at the Capitol, health offices and law agencies.
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
Randy Quast built a hugely successful trucking company, then sold it and retired at age 37. He didn’t become a political activist until police knocked in his door and arrested him.
Joni Whiting broke into tears as she spoke Thursday about how her daughter’s cancer pain was relieved by marijuana.
It won’t happen this session, but bipartisan effort looks to the next.
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.
Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders found a bit of common ground and plenty room for disagreement on Monday as they looked ahead to the upcoming legislative session.