House Leaders Offer Marijuana Compromise – Wire Health & Science – The Sacramento Bee

“This proposal will accomplish nothing.” Azzi said she hopes a broader Senate bill, which allows for smoking and wider access to the drug, prevails. A push to legalize medical marijuana has been blocked this session largely by opposition from law enforcement. Dayton has wanted their approval and came forward with his clinical trial proposal when that didn’t happen. Supporters of medical marijuana fell out with the governor after he offered that proposal. “It is by no means a perfect approach,” said Rep. Carly Melin, a Hibbing DFLer who has led the push to legalize medical marijuana. But Melin said it was rooted in “political reality” and aimed at addressing the most imminent needs. She said it would still result in “real help for families.” Angela Weaver, 32, a Hibbing woman whose young daughter suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, welcomed the proposal. “We are so grateful for this compromise bill because Amelia can’t wait any longer,” she said of the daughter who turns eight on Friday. “If we don’t pass this bill we will be moving to Colorado. Amelia can’t suffer anymore.” House Speaker Paul Thissen said he has spoken with Dayton, whom he said is looking seriously at it.
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