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The Capitol Note: House compromise divides lawmakers, advocates

Rep. Carly Melin said lawmakers need to move forward with a solution on medical marijuana. (Staff photo: James Nord)

The bill would allow children and certain adults with severe illnesses -- more restrictive than a different proposal that has stalled in the House -- to ingest and vaporize marijuana as part of clinical trials. The Senate version, which has been moving with more force, is more permissive. The proposals will travel in earnest on Friday into next week.

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Senate charges ahead on medical marijuana

Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis (at center, with back to camera) presented his medical marijuana bill in the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Tuesday, where it passed on a voice vote. (Staff photo: James Nord)

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk explained that the Senate’s quickened pace came at Dayton’s urging. “The governor, probably about two weeks ago, actually asked the Legislature to move on the bill,” Bakk said. “I guess, at his request, we thought we would show him that courtesy.”

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The Capitol Note: Nguyen’s withdrawal opens door for former GOP Sens. Daley, Howe

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1.) The Republican field for secretary of state was turned on its head yesterday by the withdrawal of the lone registered GOP candidate, financier Dennis Nguyen. Nguyen, who had garnered endorsements from a majority of Republican legislators in both chambers ...

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