Newshawk: Paul Bischke
Pubdate: Thu, 13 Jul 2000
Source: Saint Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
Copyright: 2000 St. Paul Pioneer Press
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Author: Debra O'Connor, Staff Writer

LEGISLATORS SEEK LAW ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Minnesota legislators led by Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, sent a letter Monday to
Gov. Jesse Ventura and Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm that asks the administration to
work with legislators on a proposal that would allow marijuana to be used for medical
purposes.

A Minnesota law permits research on medical marijuana use, but no such program has been
opened. Bills that would let patients use marijuana for medical reasons failed in 1999 and this
year. The legislators and the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C., would like an
agreement before the next legislative session, said Richard Schmitz, the project's director of
state policies.

Ventura is in favor of the concept of using marijuana for medical purposes in a legally
controlled fashion, said spokesman John Wodele.

Legislators signing the letter were Hausman and -- Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Mpls; -- Rep.
Andy Dawkins, DFL-St. Paul; -- Rep. Barbara Haake, R-Mounds View; -- Rep. Peggy
Leppik, R-Golden Valley; -- Rep. Len Biernat, DFL-Mpls; -- Rep. Steve Trimble, DFL-St.
Paul; -- Rep. Linda Wejcman, DFL-Mpls; -- Sen. Ellen Anderson, DFL-St. Paul; -- Sen.
Linda Berglin, DFL-Mpls; -- Sen. Steve Kelley, DFL-Hopkins; -- Sen. Becky Lourey,
DFL-Kerrick; -- Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville; -- Sen. Pat Piper, DFL-Austin; -- Sen.
Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Mpls; -- Sen. Allan Spear, DFL-Mpls

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