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Minnesota House Government Operations Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Medical Marijuana Bill on Tuesday

HF 1818 progressing through House; would allow people with specific debilitating medical conditions to access and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House Government Operations Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. CT on a bill that would allow people suffering from conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), PTSD, glaucoma, and HIV/AIDS to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. The bill was referred to this committee by the Health and Human Services Policy Committee on March 4. The hearing will be held in Room 5 of the State Office Building in St. Paul.

HF 1818, introduced last year by Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing), would allow patients suffering from specific debilitating conditions to access and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. The Department of Health would issue medical marijuana ID cards to patients and establish a tightly regulated system of non-profit medical marijuana dispensaries and quality control labs. Licensed patients who do not reside within 30 miles of a dispensary would be allowed to grow a limited amount of marijuana in their homes.

“We are optimistic that this hearing will convince the committee that this medical marijuana bill presents a clear regulatory structure for this medicine that could benefit so many Minnesotans,” said Heather Azzi, political director for Minnesotans for Compassionate Care. “Patients are grateful for the legislative support they have received in the past, but they have waited far too long for relief. It is time to enact this sensible and compassionate legislation.”

According to the St. Cloud State University Survey released in January, 76% of Minnesota residents support making medical marijuana legal. Only 20% said they were opposed.

WHAT: Minnesota House Government Operations Committee public hearing on HF 1818, which would allow people with serious illnesses to access and use medical marijuana

WHEN: Tuesday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. CT

WHERE: Room 5 of the State Office Building, 100 Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., St. Paul

WHO: Minnesota House Government Operations Committee

Minnesotans for Compassionate Care (MCC) is a coalition of organizations, medical professionals, patients, and concerned citizens working to protect people with cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, and other serious illnesses from arrest and imprisonment for using medical marijuana according to their physicians’ advice. For more information, visit http://www.MNcares.org.

 

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