Updated: 03/21/2014 5:20 PM
Created: 03/21/2014 1:23 PM KSTP.com
Gov. Mark Dayton says he's pushing for money to research medical marijuana because he thinks it's the next best step with legalization stalled at the Capitol.
Dayton is asking the Legislature to approve $2.2 million for research into a marijuana component that doesn't produce a high. He also wants money for a community-impact study.
A push to legalize medical marijuana this session has failed in part because law enforcement opposes it.
Dayton himself made his support conditional on law enforcement support. He says this research could eventually help some sufferers and it's something law enforcement will accept.
Dayton says larger-scale approval of leaf marijuana isn't something he'll consider this session.
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