Last Update: April 2, 2014
New ad blasts governor for blocking effective medical marijuana bill
It has become abundantly clear that Gov. Mark Dayton is standing in the way of Minnesota becoming the 21st state to enact a compassionate and workable medical marijuana law. After assuring patients, their family members, and medical marijuana advocates that he would dedicate his staff to finding an acceptable way forward, the governor instead proposed scrapping a comprehensive law and instead creating a single study on high-CBD medical marijuana for seizure disorders. Medical marijuana supporters rejected the proposal, as it is highly unlikely that a study would materialize in a timely fashion — if it ever does — and assuming one does, it would be limited to a very small class of patients.
On April 2, MPP and Minnesotans for Compassionate Care began running television commercials across the state highlighting just one of many Minnesotans, and his mother, who can benefit from passage of a compassionate law. You can watch the ad here.
If you’re a Minnesotan who would like to help Angela, her family, and many others in similar situations, please sign our Change.org petition asking the governor to get a backbone. It’s also important for all Minnesotans to ask their lawmakers to support medical marijuana bill (HF 1818/SF 1641) at every vote.
Finally, sign up for our Minnesota-specific action alerts to stay up to date on marijuana policy reform in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
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Learn about Minnesota's marijuana laws
In 2011, there were 12,042 marijuana-related arrests in Minnesota. Sixty percent of these arrests were for marijuana possession. While the penalty for a first offense of possessing a small amount of marijuana in Minnesota is a $200 fine and mandatory drug education, having two ounces could land Minnesotans in jail for five years! These arrests hit minority communities the hardest. According to data from the ACLU, African Americans in Minnesota are nearly eight times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as their white neighbors! You can learn more about Minnesota's marijuana penalties and enforcement by reading this report by Jon Gettman, Ph.D.