No Medical Marijuana This Year 14 Mar 13

Minnesota will not have a showdown over medical marijuana this year. Advocates are holding off on a planned push to change the state’s marijuana laws until the 2014 session. The group Minnesotans for Compassionate Care says that bills to permit marijuana for medical reasons will be introduced in the next week or two, but won’t move through Legislature this year. Supporters hope to latch onto efforts to relax marijuana laws in other states. But they have been unable to get Minnesota’s law enforcement community to budge from its opposition. Governor Dayton has also said he’s not interested in decriminalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use, and will veto any bill not supported by law enforcement. Minnesota lawmakers approved a medical marijuana bill in 2009, but it was vetoed by Governor Pawlenty.