Minnesota House Committee to hold public hearing on medical marijuana bill today, Tuesday, March 4

The Minnesota House Health and Human Services Policy Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday, March 4, at 2:15 p.m. CT on a bill that would allow people suffering from conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), PTSD, glaucoma, and HIV/AIDS to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Testimony on this bill should begin at 6 p.m. CT. The hearing will be held in Room 10 of the State Office Building in St. Paul.

Dr. Sue Sisley, a medical marijuana expert from Arizona, is scheduled to testify in support of the bill. Representatives from Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, as well as several seriously ill patients who would benefit from passage of the measure, also plan to testify.

HF 1818, introduced last year by Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing), would allow patients suffering from specific debilitating conditions to access and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. The Department of Health would issue medical marijuana ID cards to patients and establish a tightly regulated system of non-profit medical marijuana dispensaries and quality control labs. Licensed patients who do not reside within 15 miles of a dispensary would be allowed to grow a limited amount of marijuana in their homes.