"Smoking" of medical marijuana removed from Senate bill

By KBJR News 1

May 2, 2014 Updated May 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) – An amendment approved Friday by a Senate panel removes smoking from a Senate bill legalizing the use of medical marijuana.

The author of the bill, Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) told the Senate Health and Human Services Committee he “wasn’t thrilled” with the change, but offered it to better the chances of the measure passing.

The legislation allows sick children and adults to obtain medical marijuana in pill, liquid and vapor forms. It also calls for a study, similar to what has been proposed by Governor Mark Dayton.

The bill prohibits home cultivation and restricts “vaping” of the drug in public places.

It now heads to the Senate Finance Committee next week.

The House introduced a scaled-back version of its bill Thursday that would establish a limited medical marijuana clinical trial.

The House Rules Committee approved the bill Friday, sending it to the Ways and Means Committee.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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