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Supporters of Medical Marijuana Bill Say Governor Dayton is Standing in the Way

Updated: 03/26/2014 7:07 PM
Created: 03/26/2014 6:45 PM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 News) --- Just one day after Governor Mark Dayton said medical marijuana legislation would likely not happen this year, he is now urging lawmakers to search for a compromise.

Wednesday Governor Dayton is receiving backlash from supporters who want it legalized.

Families say Governor Dayton is standing in the way and is delaying action by requesting more studies.
    
Dayton says he has the deepest sympathy for children and adults with serious diseases who find relief from marijuana, but he says there is no compromise.

You may remember, just last week he pushed for Mayo Clinic to conduct more research on medical marijuana.  However, he says supporters of medical marijuana want a provision to smoke it -- something he's against.
    
Two weeks ago supporters of the bill were invited into the governor's residence for a meeting. There, they claim the governor sympathized with them and made a stunning suggestion to one mother.

"The governor actually suggested I should find medical marijuana for my son off the street," says Jessica Hauser.
    
Another parent whose daughter suffers from a rare disease says he wants access to oils extracted from marijuana plants to improve his daughter's quality of life and he says that, he can't buy from any street corner.

A spokesman for Governor Dayton says Wednesday the governor doesn't advocate breaking the law. Dayton responded Wednesday saying its wrong to portray him as the only barrier to people getting medical marijuana in Minnesota.