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Medical Mj Effort Fails

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Mar. 2, 00
Minneapolis Star-Tribune (MN)
Copyright: 2000 Star Tribune
MEDICAL MARIJUANA EFFORT FAILS Despite a declaration by one senator that marijuana would have helped ease the suffering of his late wife and his brother, a scaled-back effort to provide legal protection for the medical use of marijuana was voted down Friday in a Senate committee. It appears dead for this legislative session. The bill would have established a legal defense for people charged with possession of up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana if they could prove they were using it to ease pain or other medical conditions, or were supplying it to someone who was.
Sen. Leo Foley, DFL-Coon Rapids, told his fellow Crime Prevention Committee members that marijuana might have helped his wife stop short of taking her own life due to pain and might have helped ease his late brother's pain due to cancer treatments.
But Sen. Tom Neuville, R-Northfield, said such efforts, which have failed repeatedly at the Legislature in recent years, are doomed as long as marijuana remains a federally controlled substance. Advocates included cancer sufferers, survivors and spouses, a person with cerebral palsy, and the state public defender.