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Governor Dayton Signs Medical Marijuana Law

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Without any of the public fanfare typical of many big law changes Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the state's new medical marijuana law Thursday morning.

Dayton's office made the announcement in a simple news release posted on the Governor's website and social media.

"I thank everyone who worked together to craft and pass this legislation." said Governor Dayton. "I pray it will bring to the victims of ravaging illnesses the relief they are hoping for."

Minnesota's medical marijuana Law creates a patient registry under the Department of Health relating to the therapeutic use of medical cannabis. It authorizes the use of medical cannabis in limited forms for certain qualifying medical conditions and regulates the distribution and manufacture of medical cannabis.

It also creates a task force to conduct an impact assessment on medical cannabis therapeutic research and provides for certain criminal and civil protections for parties involved in the registry program.

This law passed the House 89-40 and the Senate 46-16.
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