Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Possible vote on Minn. medical marijuana delayed

  • Bill with amendment pulled from the docket.
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  • A possible Minnesota House vote on legalizing medical marijuana has been delayed for a couple of weeks.
    Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington was hoping to attach an amendment that would legalize medical marijuana to a separate health bill. But that bill has been pulled from Wednesday's docket until after the Legislature's Passover/Easter break that begins the next day.
    Garofalo's amendment calls for a broader medical marijuana law than Gov. Mark Dayton has said he is willing to back. Dayton didn't issue a veto threat Tuesday but said legislators "have hidden behind their desks" while he strained to bridge concerns of advocates and law enforcement.
    A stand-alone medical marijuana bill has stalled. Even some of those who support the cause could balk at tying it to a separate bill.
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