Medical marijuana legislation heads to conference committee

By KBJR News 1

House and Senate lawmakers appointed to the conference committee tasked with hashing out differences in two bills calling for the legalization of medical marijuana.

May 13, 2014 Updated May 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Two very different bills calling for the legalization of medical marijuana in Minnesota headed to a Conference Committee Tuesday.

The committee, made up three House and three Senate lawmakers are expected to hash out the differences between the measures.

Rep. Carly Melin, the House bill's author, House Majority Leader Erin Murphy and Rep. Rod Hamilton were chosen in the House.

Sen. Scott Dibble, the Senate bill's author, Sen. Tony Lourey, and Branden Peterson were appointed in the Senate.

The House bill calls for a limited, observational study of patients with eight types of medical conditions and a limited number of dispensaries.

The Senate version is more expansive, calling for distribution centers across the state. Neither bill allows smoking of the drug.

The Governor has expressed he supports the House version of the bill.

Lawmakers have just several days to come to an agreement before the end of the session.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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