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Update: Possible Vote on Minnesota Medical Marijuana Delayed

Updated: 04/08/2014 2:16 PM
Created: 04/08/2014 10:49 AM WDIO.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A possible Minnesota House vote on legalizing medical marijuana has been delayed for a couple of weeks.

Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington was hoping to attach an amendment that would legalize medical marijuana to a separate health bill. But that bill has been pulled from Wednesday's docket until after the Legislature's Passover/Easter break that begins the next day.

Garofalo's amendment calls for a broader medical marijuana law than Gov. Mark Dayton has said he is willing to back. Dayton didn't issue a veto threat Tuesday but said legislators "have hidden behind their desks" while he strained to bridge concerns of advocates and law enforcement.

A stand-alone medical marijuana bill has stalled. The amendment strategy might be the only way for advocates to get lawmakers on record. But even some of those who support the cause could balk at tying it to a separate bill.

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