State Senate OKs medical marijuana use

May 02, 2007

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger , Pioneer Press

On a 35-29 vote, the Minnesota Senate today approved a measure allowing extremely sick people to use marijuana.

The House is also moving toward permitting Minnesotans in intractable pain or who are critically ill to use marijuana for relief. The measures would give people with certain medical ailments freedom from state sanctions. Even if the bill became law, use of marijuana would remain illegal under federal law.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty opposes the use of medical marijuana and would likely veto the measure if it reaches his desk.

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