abc
QUICK LINKS:

Another Minn. Panel Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Updated: 04/29/2014 10:55 PM
Created: 04/29/2014 11:26 AM WDIO.com
By: MIKE CRONIN, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota state Senate panel approved legislation on Tuesday that would legalize medical marijuana.

The proposal is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The House version of the measure remains stalled and its prospects are uncertain.

Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat sponsoring the bill, testified on Tuesday before the State and Local Government Committee that state Health Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger would have broad authority in creating Minnesota's medical-marijuana program.

Ehlinger's powers would include establishing the list of debilitating conditions that would qualify for pot treatment and conducting background checks on those working at and associated with facilities that grow and dispense the marijuana.

Assistant Health Commissioner Aggie Leitheiser repeated during testimony Ehlinger's concern that not enough research data exists to show the effectiveness of marijuana as a medicine.

But data showing that marijuana works as medicine does exist, testified Chris Stubbs, a scientist from Colorado, who was part of the team that developed the Charlotte's Web strain of medical marijuana already used to treat epileptic patients.

"We have the ability to discern 60 active compounds in marijuana and because of that we can steer products toward epilepsy," Stubbs said. "Medical cannabis is a real efficacious treatment."

Leitheiser also raised other concerns about the program's implementation, including that the timelines outlined in the bill seemed "ambitious." The legislation targets July 1, 2015, as the date medical marijuana patients would receive identification cards that would enable them to legally buy pot.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Front Page

  • New York Officials: Doctor has Ebola, 1st in City

    A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said Thursday. He's the fourth confirmed case in the U.S. and the first in the nation's biggest city.

  • Minn. Officials Walk Through Mock Ebola Scenario

    More than 100 representatives from several Minnesota agencies are going through a mock exercise to review the state's preparedness in the event of a case of Ebola.

  • Lydia Marie Barney Woman Charged with Murder after Stabbing in Stoney Brook Township

    There is new development in the murder case on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The husband of the victim has been released, and he is facing no charges. Instead, the woman who police had been searching for, Lydia Marie Barney, has been charged with second degree murder.

  • No Injuries in Early Morning Esko Structure Fire

    Deputies say there were no injuries in an early morning structure fire in Esko Thursday. Crews responded to the 200 block of Nelson Road around 4:30 a.m. Deputies said the cause of the fire was not suspicious.

  • 1 Dead, 1 Arrested in Cass County Crash

    An Aitkin County man is in custody and another person is dead after a two-vehicle head-on collision in Cass County. 

 

Dense Fog Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Carlton, South St. Louis; Central St. Louis; North St. Louis; Northern Cook, Northern Lake; Pine; Southern Cook, North Shore; Southern Lake, North Shore
Expires: 10/24/2014 10:00 AM

Dense Fog Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Douglas
Expires: 10/24/2014 10:00 AM

Dense Fog Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Ashland; Bayfield; Iron
Expires: 10/24/2014 10:00 AM

Dense Fog Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Burnett; Price; Sawyer; Washburn
Expires: 10/24/2014 10:00 AM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement