Poll: Minnesotans like medical marijuana, but lawmakers won't light up issue this year


Almost two-thirds of Minnesota voters support changing state law to allow marijuana use for patients with serious illnesses if doctors recommend it, according to a poll this month from Public Policy Polling.

But medical marijuana advocates will not push the issue in the Legislature this year, the Associated Press reports. That effort will come in the next year or two, Heather Azzi of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, said Wednesday. She told the AP that bills to permit marijuana for medical reasons will be introduced in the next week or two, but that the legislation won't go anywhere this year.

Gov. Mark Dayton has said he has no interest in decriminalizing marijuana use.

The PPP poll of 600 state voters taken March 1 and 2 found that 65 percent favored marijuana use for medicinal purposes, with 27 percent opposed and 8 percent undecided. Check out more data from the poll.

Eighty-three percent of Americans supported marijuana use for medicinal purposes, CBS News reported in a November poll.

Nineteen states have legalized marijuana use for medicinal purposes, according to NORML, a pro-marijuana group.

After the November elections, FOX 9 examined the proposal's chances in Minnesota. The Legislature approved medical marijuana legislation in 2009, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed it.

Two states, Washington and Colorado, have gone even further in legalizing the drug's recreational use. Voters approved the measure in the 2012 election, and state officials now are racing to create a framework to regulate the sales, the Denver Post reported.

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