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Dayton Supports House's Newly Passed Medical Pot Legislation

Updated: 05/10/2014 7:17 AM
Created: 05/09/2014 5:34 AM KSTP.com

The Minnesota House has passed a bill that would legalize marijuana use for medical reasons but under tighter restrictions than a bill overwhelmingly passed by the Senate earlier in the week.

Friday's 86 to 39 vote was after some debate over whether the House should adopt a measure almost identical to the Senate proposal.

But Majority Leader St. Paul Democrat Rep. Erin Murphy swayed her colleagues. She told them the fate of more expansive medical-marijuana bills sent to previous administrations: They were vetoed.

The bill heads to the Senate and would legalize medical pot in pill, oil and vapor form to patients from three state dispensaries.

Gov. Dayton sent a letter to lawmakers saying he would be willing to sign the House version of the medical marijuana bill.

However, Dayton says the Senate bill isn't restrictive enough and lacks support of law enforcement and the Minnesota Medical Association.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Gov. Dayton's Letter of Support for the House Pot Bill


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