Minnesota medical marijuana bill advances

April 05, 2005

, BigNews Network

A bill that would make Minnesota the 10th state in the nation to legalize marijuana for medical purposes has advanced for the first time. The Minnesota Senate Health and Family Committee approved the legislation Wednesday, sending it to the Judiciary Committee, where it must be approved to reach the Senate floor for debate, the Minneapolis Star Tribune said.

Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty opposes legalizing marijuana for medical use and the bill is not expected to pass this year.

The measure would allow patients with cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis to possess up to a dozen marijuana plants, or 2 1/2 ounces of the illegal drug, for medical purposes.

Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington state permit use of marijuana by people with debilitating diseases under state, but not federal, laws.

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