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Minnesota Senate Votes To Legalize Medical Marijuana

minnesota medical marijuanaThe Minnesota Senate passed a bill today that would legalize medical marijuana. The elements of the plan are more than Governor Mark Dayton said he would support. It’s a version that law enforcement fought hard against. The vote was 48 to 18. Some tweets I saw said that it’s a ‘comprehensive plan’, which I disagree with. For instance, it’s the only plan that specifically prohibits patients from smoking marijuana, although they can eat medical marijuana or vaporize it.

Law enforcement is not happy about the passage of the bill by the Minnesota Senate. Per CBS Minnesota:

State law-enforcement groups oppose any proposal that would allow plant material in the hands of patients. They say legalizing the possession of the marijuana plant, even for medical reasons, would lead to wider distribution of the drug. Police, prosecutors and sheriffs say, among other things, that it would lead to more drugged-driving incidents and ultimately wind up in the hands of children.

“We’re tremendously opposed to the Senate approach,” said Dennis Flaherty, executive director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association. “The House bill is much different. In that bill, you do not get raw crude marijuana. In the Senate bill, (patients) are allowed to have 2.5 ounces of marijuana.”

The Minnesota House takes up their version later this week. If it passes, the two chambers will reach a compromise, then send it back to both chambers to approve. The battle is far from over, and even if/after it passes both chambers, implementation will present it’s own battles. If you are in Minnesota, call your legislators and keep the pressure on them. If you are a member of the Minnesota law enforcement community that has led the battle on the opposition side, you need to realize that your job is to enforce the law, not create it.

  • vc50er

    OMG… Are they going to watch as the patients take their meds?

  • vc50er

    2 1/2 oz is about 2 days worth of meds for Cancer. Gotta make sure this doesn’t compete much with the BIG PHARMA! One round of Chemo costs $480,000.00, has a 65% chance of killing you outright. If it doesn’t you then have a slight chance the Cancer won’t kill you. It TOTALLY DESTROYS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM! The CBD in Marijuana is a super help for the immune system. The THC works with the central nervous system. Each works with both actually. Each has it’s strong points.

    • HempShare

      Don’t forget about Hemp nutrition also as part of Whole Plant Therapy. Western Medicine is based upon the LAST RESORTs of Hippocrates – Unani System of Medicine (http://hempshare.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/unani-system-of-medicine.pdf). The Unani System addresses physical therapy such as massage & exercise, THEN diet, THEN medicine and as a last resort THEN surgery. Western Medicine introduces Medicine to create a new disturbance in the body, or Surgery to remove part of the body. Then Therapy & Diet are necessary to RECOVER from the Medicine & Surgery. Cannabis/Hemp Whole Plant Therapy should be thought of in terms of the Unani System of Medicine, NOT the Western. Western Medicine is attempting to employ Cannabis in its Medicine & Surgery model. Cannabis/Hemp is near perfect for Unani Medicine due to the performance benefits for exercise, oils for massage, & nutritional aspects, and medicinal uses. I agree scalpels are superior for surgery, but with Cannabis/Hemp – surgery is rarely necessary to REMOVE part of you.

  • HempShare

    These pigs are complete parasites. Instead of taking factual scientific defeat like men they are whiney crying pussies making up more lies. NO ONE CREATES THC UNTIL THE POLICE TEST THCA AND MAKE THC OUT OF THCA – PERIOD. Learn the facts people. The police are the only ones making THC, and the legislatures are codifying the job into law. “less than 0.3% THC by dry-weight” – CREATES THC – NOT PREVENTS IT. Simple chemical science and non-enzymatic DECARBOXYLATION exposes their charade. JUST SAY NO TO PROHIBITION. END THIS MADNESS AND GET THESE LAZY PIGS BACK TO WORK.

    • beaman

      “NO ONE CREATES THC UNTIL THE POLICE TEST THCA AND MAKE THC OUT OF THCA – PERIOD. ”
      The plant produces the THC…… thc-a -> thc -> cbd-a -> cbd….. It’s DECARBOXYLATION, man.

      “Instead of taking factual scientific defeat like men they are whiney crying pussies making up more lies.”
      Take your own advice :)

      • HempShare

        Bea you need to do the research. What you’re speaking of is “enzymatic” decarboxylation. THCA forms when THCA Synthase (enzyme) reacts with cannabinolic precursor acid CBGA (Cannabigerol). This is the end of the line of enzymatic reaction I’m sorry to inform you. (http://hempshare.org/cannabis-genome-mapping/) The ingredients are there (genes), but no THC. THEN – “NON-enzymatic” Decarboxylation (http://hempshare.org/contents/pdf/NIS04taura.pdf) is required to convert the psycho-tropic THCA into pyscho-ACTIVE – THC. This requires heating to a temperature of at least 174F for 7-10 minutes. Non-enzymatic decarboxylation for THCA to THC conversion begins in earnest around 108C, peaks around 157.5C and THC degrades into CBN above 187.5C (or from aging). Show me a place on the planet above 174F and I’ll show you plants producing THC. Otherwise you are incorrect Sir/Madam because you didn’t research thoroughly enough. Research the Duquesnois-Levine Test and how it works, and you’ll see that it converts 100% of the THCA into THC whereas, non-enzymatic decarboxylation is only about 80% efficient at best. Hence the extract, and concentration markets booming because they are able to increase the conversion percentage, or do a second extraction and remove the remaining compounds. This will all be common knowledge in a decade.

        • vc50er

          The Cannabis Oil I get here in CA is 54% strength. 47% THC. and 3% CBD.

        • beaman

          Your links do not work. Where are your sources? Where are you getting this information? And I think that is why we smoke the plant, to get it to the correct temperature to activate the thc. But yeah, im sure no where on the planet are people smoking it. I do not follow your logic, try again.

  • vc50er

    No one has ever died from Marijuana. It helps ALS big time. Also leukemia and many other illnesses.

  • vc50er

    So with 0.3% THC means it will not help most people with CANCER. Especially Brain Cancer. THC is the only cure for Brain Cancer. Chemo poison will not make it past the Brain Barrier. Let the people decide what to use and where. Marijuana helps Autism in children. You start picking it apart and it simply will not work. Enough people have died from your Law Enforcement.

  • vc50er

    In America 97% of people who get cancer DIE!

    • HempShare

      Those who have an active Endogenous Cannabinoid Receptor System will die of old age rather than disease.

      • beaman

        What is old age…?

  • HempShare

    The pigs have basically become lying, thieving parasites. Here is the government study on High Driving. These cops have no clue. http://hempshare.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/DOT-HS-808-078.pdf

  • vc50er

    With Fukushima radiation already hitting California Marijuana will be our only hope for survival. Cancer will soon be rampant. The police don’t care how many people die as long as they get their sick addenda. Marijuana has helped many children with Autism. Their sick version of the medicine won’t work for that either. Marijuana cures substance abuse in a microsecond. Especially alcohol. THC required. Sick murderers.

  • Burny Bratt

    I AM DISABLED WITH BI POLAR, ADHD, AND CHRONIC PAIN. THE PAIN IS DUE TO VARIOUS INJURIES CAUSED BY A PREVALENT AND LEGAL DRUG…BOOZE. MY INJURIES WERE ALL CAUSED BY DRUNK DRIVERS. I HAVE BEEN IN 5 ACCIDENTS IN MY LIFE AND EVERY ONE WAS A DRUNK DRIVER. IN 1992 I TURNED IN MY LISCENSE AND HAVEN’T DRIVEN SINCE. I HAD A PERFECT DRIVING RECORD. I HAVE SMOKED POT SINCE 1973 AND I WAS STONED MOST OF THE TIME. IN HIGH SCHOOL I NEVER GOT LESS THAN AN “A” AND WAS ON THE HONOR ROLL GRADUATING WITH HONORS IN 3 1/2 YEARS. I GOT MY 1ST JOB IN 1972 AND WAS FULLY EMPLOYED UNTIL THE LAST DRUNK TOOK OUT MY BACK. I WAS A JOURNEYMAN CNC MACHINIST WORKING 60-65 HOURS A WEEK…STONED. IN 2007 MY MOTHER KILLED A WOMAN AND PARALIZED A 10 YEAR OLD BOY FOR LIFE WHILE DRIVING DRUNK. SHE DIED OF HER INJURIES 3 MONTHES AFTER THE ACCIDENT. MY BROTHERS ARE BOTH DRUNKS AND AFTER YEARS OF ABUSE I QUIT TALKING TO THEM. MY POINT? BOOZE IS EVERY WHERE AND ACCESSABLE TO YOUNG KIDS EITHER FROM THEIR PARENTS STASH OR BY HAVING AN ADULT BUY IT FOR THEM. UNLIKE POT BOOZE CAUSES VIOLENCE, ABUSE, AND MOST OF THE ROAD DEATHS. YET OUR STATE CONDONES BOOZE AND OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CORTS KEEP PUTTING THESE DRUNKS BACK IN SOCIETY WITH A SLAP ON THE WRIST. THE POT USERS MOST OF WHOM HAVE NEVER COMMITED A VIOLENT OR ANY OTHER CRIME GO TO PRISON FOR YEARS. MEANTIME THE GOVERNMENT SUCKS IN THE REVENUE FROM TAXES. THE CITY WHERE I LIVE EVEN OWNS 3 LIQUOR STORES OF THEIR OWN CONTRIBUTING TO THE PROBLEM. THE ONLY REASON THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT IS FIGHTING LEGAL WEED IS THEY KNOW THAT WITH ABOUT HALF OF THE ARRESTS THEY MAKE BEING POT RELATED WE WON’T NEED SUCH A LARGE POLICE FORCE. I HAVE AN IDEA. INSTED OF THEM DRIVING AROUND IN THEIR CARS LOOKING FOR HARMLESS POT SMOKERS TO BUST WE MAKE THEM ACTUALLY GO AFTER THE REAL PROBLEM. HAVE THE STATE PAY THEM TO STAND OUTSIDE EVERY BAR AND ANYWHERE THAT SERVES BOOZE. THEIR JOB WOULD BE TO TEST EVERY PERSON WHO LEAVES TO DETERMINE THEIR BLOOD ALCHOHOL LEVEL. ANYBODY THAT BLOWS OVER THE LEGAL LIMIT WILL BE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR 24 HOURS. THE PRISONS COULD STAY IN BUSINESS TOO. ANYBODY ARRESTED FOR DUI WOULD BE CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER. THATS WHAT IT IS. THEY CHOSE TO GET DRUNK AND UNLEASH A 2 TON WEOPON ON INNOCENT PEOPLE. IF THEY REPLACE BOOZE WITH WEED THE STREETS WOULD BE SAFER, MEDICAL EXPENSES WOULD GO DOWN, DOMESTIC ABUSE AND DIVORCE WOULD DROP AND PEOPLE LIKE ME WOULDN’T HAVE TO SUFFER A LIFETIME OF ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND PAIN. I SPEND MY DAYS HELPING MY NEIGHBORS AND WORK 6-8 HORS A DAY BUYING AND SELLING TOYS ON EBAY TO PUT MY SON THROUGH COLLEGE. AFTER 6 YEARS OF HARD WORK HE WILL GRADUATE NEXT YEAR AS AN RN. WE ARE MOVING THEN FROM OUR HOME OF 25 YEARS TO SEATLE WHERE THE POLICE HAVE FOR YEARS GONE AFTER THE TRUE CRIMINALS AND LEFT THE HARMLESS STONERS ALONE. I MIGHT EVEN GET MY LISCENCE BACK. TELL THAT IDIOT DAYTON THAT HE, LIKE THE POLICE, WORKS FOR US NOT THE TROOPERS. HE MIGHT ALSO WANT TO LOOK BACK TO THE 20’S AND 30’S AND FIND OUT WHY THE FEDS, EVEN AFTER LAGUARDIA DID THE STUDY PROVING POT HARMLESS, MADE POT A NARCOTIC. IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH PROTECTING AMERICANS. IT HAD EVERYTHING TO DO WITH MIGRANT WORKERS AND A BACK DOOR DEAL WITH A CERTAIN NEWSPAPER TYCOON. I HATE TO TELL YOU THIS TROOPERS BUT THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE DRIVING STONED RIGHT NOW THEN THERE ARE DRUNKS. YOU JUST DON’T NOTICE THEM BECAUSE THEY DON’T CAUSE ACCIDENTS. I AM DONE WITH MY RANT NOW. BECAUSE I LIVE IN A HUD BUILDING I NEED TO STAY ANNONYMOUS BUT IF YOU HAVE A WAY TO FOREWARD THIS TO OUR VARIOUS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS MAYBE IT WILL HELP THEM SEE THE LIGHT…UNLESS THEY’RE TOO DRUNK TO UNDERSTAND IT. PEACE LOVE SMURF, THE BRATT.

    • micky

      I AM DISABLED WITH BI POLAR, ADHD, AND CHRONIC PAIN. THE PAIN IS DUE TO VARIOUS INJURIES CAUSED BY A PREVALENT AND LEGAL DRUG…BOOZE. MY INJURIES WERE ALL CAUSED BY DRUNK DRIVERS. I HAVE BEEN IN 5 ACCIDENTS IN MY LIFE AND EVERY ONE WAS A DRUNK DRIVER. IN 1992 I TURNED IN MY LISCENSE AND HAVEN’T DRIVEN SINCE. I HAD A PERFECT DRIVING RECORD. I HAVE SMOKED POT SINCE 1973 AND I WAS STONED MOST OF THE TIME. IN HIGH SCHOOL I NEVER GOT LESS THAN AN “A” AND WAS ON THE HONOR ROLL GRADUATING WITH HONORS IN 3 1/2 YEARS. I GOT MY 1ST JOB IN 1972 AND WAS FULLY EMPLOYED UNTIL THE LAST DRUNK TOOK OUT MY BACK. I WAS A JOURNEYMAN CNC MACHINIST WORKING 60-65 HOURS A WEEK…STONED. IN 2007 MY MOTHER KILLED A WOMAN AND PARALIZED A 10 YEAR OLD BOY FOR LIFE WHILE DRIVING DRUNK. SHE DIED OF HER INJURIES 3 MONTHES AFTER THE ACCIDENT. MY BROTHERS ARE BOTH DRUNKS AND AFTER YEARS OF ABUSE I QUIT TALKING TO THEM. MY POINT? BOOZE IS EVERY WHERE AND ACCESSABLE TO YOUNG KIDS EITHER FROM THEIR PARENTS STASH OR BY HAVING AN ADULT BUY IT FOR THEM. UNLIKE POT BOOZE CAUSES VIOLENCE, ABUSE, AND MOST OF THE ROAD DEATHS. YET OUR STATE CONDONES BOOZE AND OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CORTS KEEP PUTTING THESE DRUNKS BACK IN SOCIETY WITH A SLAP ON THE WRIST. THE POT USERS MOST OF WHOM HAVE NEVER COMMITED A VIOLENT OR ANY OTHER CRIME GO TO PRISON FOR YEARS. MEANTIME THE GOVERNMENT SUCKS IN THE REVENUE FROM TAXES. THE CITY WHERE I LIVE EVEN OWNS 3 LIQUOR STORES OF THEIR OWN CONTRIBUTING TO THE PROBLEM. THE ONLY REASON THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT IS FIGHTING LEGAL WEED IS THEY KNOW THAT WITH ABOUT HALF OF THE ARRESTS THEY MAKE BEING POT RELATED WE WON’T NEED SUCH A LARGE POLICE FORCE. I HAVE AN IDEA. INSTED OF THEM DRIVING AROUND IN THEIR CARS LOOKING FOR HARMLESS POT SMOKERS TO BUST WE MAKE THEM ACTUALLY GO AFTER THE REAL PROBLEM. HAVE THE STATE PAY THEM TO STAND OUTSIDE EVERY BAR AND ANYWHERE THAT SERVES BOOZE. THEIR JOB WOULD BE TO TEST EVERY PERSON WHO LEAVES TO DETERMINE THEIR BLOOD ALCHOHOL LEVEL. ANYBODY THAT BLOWS OVER THE LEGAL LIMIT WILL BE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR 24 HOURS. THE PRISONS COULD STAY IN BUSINESS TOO. ANYBODY ARRESTED FOR DUI WOULD BE CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER. THATS WHAT IT IS. THEY CHOSE TO GET DRUNK AND UNLEASH A 2 TON WEOPON ON INNOCENT PEOPLE. IF THEY REPLACE BOOZE WITH WEED THE STREETS WOULD BE SAFER, MEDICAL EXPENSES WOULD GO DOWN, DOMESTIC ABUSE AND DIVORCE WOULD DROP AND PEOPLE LIKE ME WOULDN’T HAVE TO SUFFER A LIFETIME OF ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND PAIN. I SPEND MY DAYS HELPING MY NEIGHBORS AND WORK 6-8 HORS A DAY BUYING AND SELLING TOYS ON EBAY TO PUT MY SON THROUGH COLLEGE. AFTER 6 YEARS OF HARD WORK HE WILL GRADUATE NEXT YEAR AS AN RN. WE ARE MOVING THEN FROM OUR HOME OF 25 YEARS TO SEATLE WHERE THE POLICE HAVE FOR YEARS GONE AFTER THE TRUE CRIMINALS AND LEFT THE HARMLESS STONERS ALONE. I MIGHT EVEN GET MY LISCENCE BACK. TELL THAT IDIOT DAYTON THAT HE, LIKE THE POLICE, WORKS FOR US NOT THE TROOPERS. HE MIGHT ALSO WANT TO LOOK BACK TO THE 20’S AND 30’S AND FIND OUT WHY THE FEDS, EVEN AFTER LAGUARDIA DID THE STUDY PROVING POT HARMLESS, MADE POT A NARCOTIC. IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH PROTECTING AMERICANS. IT HAD EVERYTHING TO DO WITH MIGRANT WORKERS AND A BACK DOOR DEAL WITH A CERTAIN NEWSPAPER TYCOON. I HATE TO TELL YOU THIS TROOPERS BUT THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE DRIVING STONED RIGHT NOW THEN THERE ARE DRUNKS. YOU JUST DON’T NOTICE THEM BECAUSE THEY DON’T CAUSE ACCIDENTS. I AM DONE WITH MY RANT NOW. BECAUSE I LIVE IN A HUD BUILDING I NEED TO STAY ANNONYMOUS BUT IF YOU HAVE A WAY TO FOREWARD THIS TO OUR VARIOUS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS MAYBE IT WILL HELP THEM SEE THE LIGHT…UNLESS THEY’RE TOO DRUNK TO UNDERSTAND IT. PEACE LOVE SMURF, THE BRATT. ///// madmikerulz@gmail.com look me up like your views

    • vc50er

      I got my 420 license here in CA about 2 1/2 years ago. I use MMJ Oil (eatable). The first time I used it my addiction to alcohol BLINKED OUT OF EXISTENCE. Works great for my enlarged prostate also. The oil has helped me tremendously. .

  • bobo willams II

    Of course law enforcement opposes it … And NOT because of the reasons listed , no they want to keep the money train rollin in , keep arresting nonviolent responsible Americans who want to choose a safer alternative , keep seizing their property, homes, vehicles, etc… I mean how else are they gonna afford all those fancy brand new sports cop cars