Medical marijuana advocates show new support at MN State Capitol

By KBJR News 1

April 22, 2014 Updated Apr 22, 2014 at 9:21 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Parents with children who suffer from seizures now have the backing of 100 doctors, nurses and clergy members for legal access to medical marijuana in Minnesota.

Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana made a show of support Tuesday at the state Capitol in St. Paul.

At one point the bill was considered dead for the current legislative session... but it has found new life with the Senate launching hearings on the bill.

Reverend Catherine Schuyler of Duluth Congregational Church voiced her support at the meeting.

"Our leaders here in Minnesota have the opportunity to heal the sick and bind up the injured by passing this bill on medical marijuana. They have the opportunity to make good medicine available for those who are in pain," said Schuyler.

The bill, if passed, would allow people with specific debilitating medical conditions, such as cancer or multiple sclerosis, to have access to medical marijuana if recommended by their doctors.

Governor Dayton and his health commissioner are opposed to the bill in its current form, but said they'd go along with a research study on the costs and benefits of medical marijuana.

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