Minneapolis Legislator Pushing Medical Marijuana Bill

Sen. Scott Dibble says the system he is proposing will be more regulated than those in states like California.

A Minneapolis lawmaker thinks Minnesota should join the ranks of states loosening marijuana laws.

Minneapolis Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-District 61) is the chief author of a bill in the Senate that would legalize medical marijuana. The bill was introduced in 2013, and legislators are likely to consider the measure this year.

Dibble said he got involved in the issue many years ago while working with people who have HIV and AIDS. He said sometimes marijuana offered them the only relief they could find.

“Unfortunately, folks are forced to break the law if they want to seek even the most modest form of relief that’s available through that avenue,” he told Capitol Report host Julie Bartkey.

Dibble said his bill would create a system that’s more regulated than in states like California, which has become notorious for lax oversight and the proliferation of dispensaries.

The bill has a tough fight ahead, though. Gov. Mark Dayton opposes the measure—although he says he wants to think about it more after a study on the issue.

Watch Dibble’s interview above and then share your thoughts in the comments section on whether you think Minnesota is ready for medical marijuana.

Leslie Davis January 24, 2014 at 09:44 PM
Let's talk about freedom. Not free-dumb. FREEDOM.
Markus January 25, 2014 at 11:22 AM
Mike B., are you going to try to convince us that prohibition somehow regulates behavior? As history shows us, prohibition does not stop people from using substances the government decides to ban, but creates a far worse scenario in the black markets that pop up to meet the demand. Alcohol prohibition, the "War On Drugs", speed limits, and laws that prevent farmers from selling food to willing consumers do not prevent the behavior. All they do is make normally law abiding citizens lawbreakers. If we are to follow your logic, there would be no pot users because it is illegal. Of course logic rarely is implemented when arguing against the freedom of a person to put whatever they want into their own body.
Minnesotanative January 26, 2014 at 09:57 AM
Interesting when in our own community the police look the other way and allow pot dealers from another country do their thing. Why not regulate it and get the tax money? It will guarantee that it is a good clean organic variety and we would benefit from the taxes on it. Colorado and Washington and California( medical Marijuana) will be watched closely on this issue.
Eric Anondson January 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Let's start with reforming drug sentencing around marijuana. It is a true minority of people that think our drug sentencing minimums are sane and are doing more societal good than societal harm. They are out of all proportion. And then when we fix drug sentencing minimums, we should retroactively revise sentences to all those in Minnesota prisons for drug violations. I'm not convinced "medical marijuana" should be the first hurdle to jump to changing the state's drug policy, we know everything medicinal in "medical marijuana" and regulated and is available over-the-counter by prescription already.
Minnesotanative January 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Leslie, You stopped me as i entered a DFL event and bad mouth Gov Dayton because he opposed this. It appears to me that Gov Dayton is taking a guarded, rational approach to this issue. I am happy he is wanting more research on the entire issue. I think he will change his mind on this after the facts are out. But your approach is too extreme. Take some demeanor from Scott Dibble. H


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