The medical marijuana bill passed a key Senate Committee 7-3
April 25, 2014 — 12:26pm
Kathy Engstrom of Rogers, hugged her son Nolan, 16, who has epilepsy and suffers from daily seizures. She said cannabis has helped reduce seizures and improved quality of life for others with that condition.
Kristy Pauling held her daughter Katelyn's hand during the hearing. Katelyn, 7, has epilepsy and Batten's Disease. Pauling said others with this condition have benefited from medical marijuana.
Voting against the proposal were Republican senators Julie Rosen of Fairmont, Carla Nelson of Rochester and Democrat Chris Eaton of Brooklyn Center. They called for more time for studies to be done.
Senator Scott Dibble answered Sen Carla Nelson's assertion that Minnesota would become "the Wild West of medicine" with a 16-page study on cannabis by the Mayo Clinic.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."