Marijuana debate in Minnesota

  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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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.

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