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State Senate Approves Medical Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on April 29, 2009 at 12:30:29 PT
By Mark Brunswick, Star Tribune
Source: Star-Tribune
Minnesota -- The Minnesota Senate today tentatively voted to approve the use of medical marijuana in the state. The 36-28 vote came despite questions about whether the measure fully defines who would be eligible and whether it provides proper safeguards against abuse.Law enforcement has consistently opposed medical marijuana, but Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, chief author of the bill (S.F. 97), said during debate that the measure is a medical issue not one for "our brothers and sisters in blue."
It's estimated that about 900 people will enroll in the program the first year, a number that will grow to about 6,800 at full enrollment. The bill allows 2.5 ounces for a qualifying patient and up to 12 plants if the patient is authorized to cultivate the marijuana. A doctor would have to certify that the person qualifies and non-profit groups would be set-up to dispense the marijuana, The Minnesota Department of Health would administer the program to set up a registry of users, who would be provided photo ID cards. The bill would take effect in January 2010.The Senate had previously approved the bill but it has always stalled in the House. Advocates believe they have enough votes to pass in the House this year, but it isn't clear if they have enough to override any possible veto from Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has expressed reservations about the bill. The bill could be heard on the House floor next week."I'm here to tell you there is potential opportunity for abuse here and kids are watching to see what we in the Legislature are going to do," said Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, a former county sheriff.Thirteen states have passed laws legalizing medical marijuana. The Senate's vote was preliminary but is a good barometer of the outcome of an official vote, which is likely to come today.Note: The 36-28 vote came despite questions about whether the measure fully defines who would be eligible and whether it provides proper safeguards against abuse.Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune (MN) Author: Mark Brunswick, Star TribunePublished: April 29, 2009Copyright: 2009 Star Tribune Contact: opinion startribune.com Website: http://www.startribune.com/URL: http://drugsense.org/url/chpYzQMeRelated Articles:Legal MMJ in Minnesota Closer To Realityhttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread24660.shtmlMedical Marijuana Bill Gathers Steam At Capitolhttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread24650.shtml
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on May 02, 2009 at 08:59:44 PT
Ingebrigtsen Wants Governor To Veto Marijuana Bill
May 2, 2009Minnesota -- Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, sent a letter to Governor Tim Pawlenty Thursday urging him to veto a bill passed Wednesday in the Minnesota Senate.The bill would make marijuana legal for people to grow and possess if they obtained a prescription from their doctor and filled out the appropriate state forms.URL: http://www.echopress.com/articles/index.cfm?id=64915žion=News
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Comment #16 posted by Rainbow on April 30, 2009 at 08:30:13 PT
Pawless
Here is a quote by Pawlenty (sort of) When talking to the Univ of Minn about budgets and money he asked "Well why does the University have to do research? That is a great place to cut costs".He has dessimated teh Health budget and in essencve we will have more people waiting with illness till they go to the ER room and cost us more. He is not very favorable with Education either.We are all hoping that he will get a sub sub cabinet job somewhere in DC and leave the good citizens of minnesota alone.
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on April 30, 2009 at 07:16:43 PT
Pawlenty Approval Rating Hits New Low
Pawlenty Approval Rating Hits New Low as Tax Polices RejectedApril 30, 2009Excerpt: I'd love to make a bigger deal of the Minnesota Senate passing a medical marijuana bill, but the 36-28 margin isn't veto-proof and it needs to be. The PiPress' Jason Hoppin says the bill would allow patients to legally grow 12 plants or have 2.5 ounces of cannabis. Befitting actual life experiences with death and dying, this was not a straight party-line vote.URL: http://www.minnpost.com/dailyglean/2009/04/30/8458/daily_glean_pawlenty_approval_rating_hits_new_low_as_tax_polices_rejected
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on April 30, 2009 at 05:56:37 PT
Expanded Star Tribune Article
Senate Approves Medical MarijuanaApril 30, 2009URL: http://www.startribune.com/politics/state/44005777.html
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Comment #13 posted by The GCW on April 29, 2009 at 22:24:17 PT
The change,
Minn. Penn. New Y., New J., New H., R.I., Ill, Iowa, Wis., Con., Arizona, etc. etc.Pretty soon it will be easier to name the states that are not considering making cannabis legal for sick citizens.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on April 29, 2009 at 19:48:40 PT
MikeEEEEE 
It's gotten to a point where I almost think something good could happen concerning our issue everyday. What a ride it's been.
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Comment #11 posted by MikeEEEEE on April 29, 2009 at 19:42:50 PT
Momentum
Thanks FoM.Credible momentum is moving a little faster than years ago.
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on April 29, 2009 at 19:35:45 PT
MikeEEEEE
It's really good to see you. Things sure are happening.
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Comment #9 posted by MikeEEEEE on April 29, 2009 at 19:33:52 PT
I'm back
Hello FoM and Kap, and everyone else.I've always said, it was never a problem until made one. Exciting days are coming.
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Comment #8 posted by Sam Adams on April 29, 2009 at 19:10:51 PT
children
"I'm here to tell you there is potential opportunity for abuse here and kids are watching to see what we in the Legislature are going to do," said Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, a former county sheriff.This child is watching and hoping they lay your ass off.sorry, couldn't resist. We are all Jah children!
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Comment #7 posted by MikeC on April 29, 2009 at 17:06:44 PT
mydnytmover...
I am hoping that this passes. Wisconsin is primed!
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Comment #6 posted by MikeC on April 29, 2009 at 17:05:31 PT
FoM...
You are correct...I am hoping that he runs against and loses to Obama and 2012...this giving up his governorship in the process.
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Comment #5 posted by mydnytmover on April 29, 2009 at 16:51:15 PT
MikeC  Wi. soon lets hope it passes
2009-2010 session Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act coming soon! 
Sunday, April 26, 2009 
A draft of the 2009-2010 session Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act has been completed and is awaiting final approval, according to the office of Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison), who will again be the principal sponsor in the State Assembly. A better timeline for the bill's introduction should be available soon. http://www.immly.org/2009-10JRMMA-a.htm
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 29, 2009 at 16:33:51 PT
MikeC
Pawlenty isn't a Democrat and that is probably why he is so against medical marijuana. Most of the Republicans/ Conservatives do think similarly as far as medical marijuana goes.
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Comment #3 posted by MikeC on April 29, 2009 at 16:22:46 PT
Go Minnesota!
I live just a few hundred feet from the Minnesota border on the Wisconsin side.I'll be moving just a little west of here if this thing passes. Sadly, jackass governor Pawlenty has said he's going to veto because law enforcement told him to do so. He has to go.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 29, 2009 at 15:35:54 PT
Rhode Island: Senate OKs Medicinal Marijuana Bill
By Kathy Gregg, State House BureauApril 29, 2009PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Senate Wednesday afternoon approved a bill to allow licensed dispensaries -- known as "compassion centers" -- to grow and sell marijuana to the estimated 600 patients who currently have the state's blessing to use the drug for medicinal purposes.The vote was 35-2. The bill now moves to the House.A similar bill was passed last year by the House and Senate, but vetoed by Governor Carcieri.http://newsblog.projo.com/2009/04/senate-oks-medi.html
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Comment #1 posted by Cheebs1 on April 29, 2009 at 13:03:18 PT:
Same Rhetoric
"I'm here to tell you there is potential opportunity for abuse here and kids are watching to see what we in the Legislature are going to do," said Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, a former county sheriff.This statement is closer to the truth than Mr. Ingebrigtsen would like to admit. Children are watching right now and see their government and "trusted adults", i.e. law enforcement officials, are lying to them. Children are currently watching to see if our system of checks and balances, that were built into our government, will work or if we truly have the same government as the Constitution outlined.Typically prohibitionists, when referring to children, are speaking about teens. In today's world teens are more informed than at any other time in history. Most teens have access to the internet. Whether they can access it at home,school, or even the public library, access it they can and do. Outright lies that have been disproven will no longer sway these young minds as they once did. The truth is out there and many are looking to find it. There are not just teens that are arming themselve with information, adults are finally realizing they have a responsibility to themselves to differentiate truth from fiction. The government has lied to it's people repeatedly and now most know this, even the children. The lies that have been told have lead us to the current situation and have not worked. Instead of lies maybe it is time our government started dealing in truth and justice and not just paying lip service to them.Peace, Love, and Pot
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