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Minn. Senate panel strips smoking from medical pot

May 2, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Senate finance panel has approved a medical marijuana bill that would not permit smoking the drug.

Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, says he reluctantly included the smoking prohibition to appease opponents of his measure.

The legislation would allow using a vaporizer in non-public places to inhale marijuana.

Friday's changes came the day after Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing, and House leaders introduced a bill for a limited clinical trial for medical marijuana. Law enforcement says it won't oppose that proposal. But the House attempt at a compromise has caused a rift among medical marijuana supporters, some of whom say they feel betrayed. Like the version that passed the Senate committee Friday, the latest House version would also prohibit smoking marijuana.



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