source: By UPI February 19, 2014

ST. PAUL, MN – As Minnesota lawmakers continue to debate legislation introduced last year that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, a poll indicates a slim majority favor such a move.

Fifty-one percent of Minnesotans support legalization of marijuana for medicinal uses while 41 percent oppose a change, results of a Minneapolis Star Tribune Minnesota poll reported Tuesday indicated.

Twenty states and the District of Columbia allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical conditions ranging from cancer to post-traumatic stress disorder.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing for Minnesota to consider allowing marijuana use for medical purposes when the Legislature returns to St. Paul later this month.

Opponents of legalization, including nearly every major law enforcement group in the state, said they fear greater access to marijuana will harm more people than help.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has expressed reservations about legalizing medical marijuana as long as law enforcement groups oppose it.

Minnesota decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana years ago. Legislation proposed in the Minnesota House and Senate would legalize medical dispensaries, where patients could purchase medical marijuana if they didn’t want to grow their marijuana at home.

The poll also found that 63 percent of Minnesotans said they oppose legalizing marijuana for recreational use while 30 percent said the state should follow the lead of Colorado and Washington, which legalized marijuana for recreational use by adults in 2012.

Results are based on a statewide phone survey of 800 adults conducted Feb. 10 and 12. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.

  • “Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has expressed reservations about legalizing
    medical marijuana as long as law enforcement groups oppose it.”

    Umm, Governor, this is the United States. Civilians are supposed to give those in uniform their marching orders, not the other way around. If you want to spend your time “supporting the troops” that’s OK, but it’s a really bad idea for you to defer to what is effectively a paramilitary force to make our laws. Places that let the military or police rule them are usually places most Americans would prefer not to live. Is Minnesota really going to join that group?

  • steve oman

    our police do NOT want marijuana legal because they make a ton of money raiding homes and confiscating property, plus they get government grants and money to do so, they are pretty happy with the money they are making, so they are saying no way to legal marijuana, because they don’t want to loose money or grants. It has nothing to do with the health of Minnesotans, or danger it may cause, they only danger they are afraid of, is loosing MONEY!

  • treeweeds

    We gotta get new law enforcement officials and a new governor right now then if this keeps even being talked about. People with neurological diseases really benefit from Cannabis. I can vouch for this statement. Fuck the police. They are evil doing this.

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