Minnesota’s full House of Representatives approved a a proposal today with an 86 to 39 vote to establish a medical cannabis study. Shortly after the vote Governor Mark Dayton announced that he would be willing to sign the measure into law if sent to him. The proposal will now head to the state’s Senate.
After the vote in the House, families were seen pumping their fists in celebration, and breaking into a round of hugs, according to the Associated Press.
Under the proposed law – Senate Bill 1641 – the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis would have been legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician, and state-licensed dispensaries would have be authorized to distribute the medicine to patients. However, an altered version was approved by the House which establishes a study on the use of cannabis in treating a variety of conditions.
We’ll keep you updated as this measure advances.