St. Paul, Minn.: Minn. Medical Pot Bill Moves Ahead Despite Rift | Health | The State

But the House version is even more limited in how the drug may be accessed. If used in leaf form, for example, it could be done only through medically supervised delivery by vaporizer. All 21 states, and the District of Columbia, which have legalized medical marijuana, permit smoking the drug. A House rules panel approved Hibbing Democrat Rep. Carly Melin’s bill Friday afternoon. The legislation next goes to the House Ways and Means Committee. State law enforcement officials have said they won’t oppose the measure. “I’m here to support whatever they’re asking for to get more access to the plant,” said Paige Figi, 40, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, during her hearing testimony. Figi’s daughter Charlotte, 7, is the girl after whom the medical-marijuana strain “Charlotte’s Web” is named. Charlotte suffers from intractable form of epilepsy. Medical marijuana has significantly reduced her symptoms, Figi said.
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