Backers press for legalization, saying suffering patients shouldn’t have to wait for a proposed $2 million study. Updated Mar. 26, 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.
According to the Pew Center for People and the Press, a majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana completely
Gov. Mark Dayton
Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday that there isn’t enough research to back medical marijuana in Minnesota, and denied allegations by the mother of a sick child that he suggested she buy marijuana on the street.
Gov. Mark Dayton says his proposal for state-funded research into medical marijuana lacks support from advocates for medical use of the drug and isn't likely to happen
A group of medical marijuana patients and advocates gathered in front of the governor's residence earlier in the month.
Dayton’s proposal for funding Mayo research doesn’t go far enough for advocates.
Gov. Mark Dayton
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...
Dayton proposed that the state fund Mayo trials of medications for children with severe epilepsy.
A group of medical-marijuana advocates gathered in front of the governor’s residence, and 11 of them met with Gov. Mark Dayton inside.
Governor said he’d work for compromise after hearing advocates’ stories.
Despite a renewed push from Gov. Mark Dayton, legislative leaders from both parties say they doubt a proposal to legalize medical marijuana will pass this year.
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.
Medical marijuana bill advances in House after emotional hearing.
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.