Medical marijuana supporters urge Gov. Dayton to change his mind

By KBJR News 1

Medical marijuana supporters urge Gov. Dayton to change his mind

April 3, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The fight to legalize medical marijuana ramped up at the State Capitol Thursday.

Supporters delivered a petition to Governor Dayton's office with more than 5,000 signatures, urging him to change his mind.

People with diseases from epilepsy to Crohn's disease said medical marijuana isn't a political issue, but a matter of life and death.

"I have muscular dystrophy to control severe muscle spasms so I am here to tell the Governor, he understands and is compassionate person and he is the one person in the state that can make this happen," Patrick McClellan told KARE 11.

Dayton wants the Mayo Clinic to study medical marijuana for sick kids.

Supporters say research could take years, time their children don't have.