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Minn. Clergy Members, Doctors Voice Support for Medical Marijuana Legalization

Updated: 04/22/2014 11:34 PM
Created: 04/22/2014 11:00 PM WDIO.com
By: Jennie Olson

Medical marijuana is a hotly-debated issue this session, and on Tuesday more than 100 doctors and clergy members headed to the Minnesota State Capitol to show their support for its legalization.

The group includes representatives from the Minnesota Nurses Association, Minnesota AIDS Project, AFL-CIO, and the United Food and Commercial Workers union. 

The bill allows licensed practitioners to prescribe marijuana to patients for maladies including cancer, epilepsy and extreme pain. A Senate committee is expected to take up the marijuana bill soon, but Gov. Mark Dayton has said he would not sign a bill legalizing medical marijuana without the support of law enforcement.

Few issues have provided as much drama this year as the bid to make marijuana a legal medicine. It has opened up a sharp rift between advocates and Dayton, who has sided with law enforcement against a broad proposal. Supporters want access to the drug now to ease suffering.

Dayton has suggested researching the plant's medicinal qualities.

The proposal is stalled in the House but has shown new life in the Senate after the governor dared legislators last week to try to pass something if they didn't like his approach.

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