MN legislators looking to move forward with legalizing medical marijuana

By KBJR News 1

February 24, 2014 Updated Feb 24, 2014 at 12:14 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have high hopes that 2014 could be the year the state sees the legalization of medical marijuana.

As of now, there are 22 states with legalized medical marijuana, Illinois and New Jersey being some of the latest additions to the list.

In Minnesota, Democratic State Representative Carly Melin is the lead house sponsor of medical marijuana legislation.

She says it's important to remember that a similar bill passed in the state in 2009 before being vetoed by then Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Along with public polling showing overwhelming support for the move, Representative Melin says support for the bill is not divided by party lines.

"I have bipartisan authors on my bill. The Senate is a bipartisan bill," said Rep. Melin. "You've already had three Republican candidates for Governor saying that they would sign medical marijuana. So, although Democrats control state government, it's definitely a bipartisan issue."

The legislative session kicks off this Tuesday, in Saint Paul.

Billy Wagness