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Legalizing Marijuana in Minnesota

A bill for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes passed its first test in Minnesota’s House of Representatives on February 18 reported the Pioneer Press. The bill was approved by The Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight Committee 9-6 and it will now head to the House’s Civil Justice Committee. The bill would allow patients who suffer from all different kids of chronic conditions, with a doctors consent, to use marijuana to alleviate their pain. This is similar to the laws already in place in 13 other states. Governor Tim Paulenty opposes the bill for law-enforcement concerns, despite the support it has seen from voters. A similar bill is making its way through the Senate currently. An older story reported in the Star Tribune about the same bill clarifies that the bill would not legalize marijuana it would simply allow qualified patients to posses up to 2.5 ounces of it.