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Medical Marijuana: Law Enforcement Perspective

Updated: 03/05/2014 8:42 PM
Created: 03/05/2014 4:37 PM WDIO.com
By: Renee Passal

Angie Weaver, her husband, and their daughter Amelia were among the first to testify in support of medical marijuana, at a hearing in St. Paul on Tuesday evening.

The Hibbing couple says Amelia, who is 7 years old, could benefit from a form of medical marijuana that is administered in a liquid form. She started having seizures when she was two and a half, and her parents say no treatment has worked. But they have heard that medical marijuana can.

"Children who can't speak, like my daughter, have been able to start speaking again. It would be the best day of my life if I could hear her say mommy again," Angie said.

Hearwrenching, to be sure. But law enforcement have to look at the other side of legalizing the drug. 

Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said in an email statement:

"Liquid and pill form is fine when prescribed by a physician.  We don't want people smoking it or growing their own-remember you can't smoke in most public housing.  Our society does not need more legal drugs out there and  I am particularly concerned about the impact on kids; is not the direction we should be heading."  

St. Louis County Mark Rubin said in an email statement:

"Because medical marijuana has been demonstrated to be an effective and compassionate treatment for seizure disorders suffered by children, I am open to a discussion of supporting responsible legislation authorizing and regulating the medicinal utilization of the CBD constituent of the plant but only in a non-smokable, gel or capsule form prescribed by a physician."

Law enforcement and county attorney groups are against the bill as written. They would drop the opposition if the bill would ban any possession of the plant form and ban any type of grow operation, among other conditions.

Hibbing Police said they do not advocate for medical marijuana.

Hibbing DFLer, Carly Melin, introduced the bill last session, and is spearheading it again.

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