ST TE OF MINNESOT
Office of Governor Mark Dayton
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May 9, 2014 Senator D. Scott Dibble
Room 111, State Capitol Building
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155
Representative Carly Melin Assistant Majority Leader Room 515, State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155
Dear Senator Dibble and Representative Melin:
On March 12, 2014, my Commissioners of Health, Human Services, and Public Safety
expressed their concerns about legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota. Those concerns were,
We should not exempt medical marijuana from the same regulatory oversight we require
for other drugs. After all, professional ethics require the medical community and
government agencies to consistently apply reasonable and effective safeguards to protect patients from untested, unproven and unregulated therapies. Research into the efficacy of any medication must take into consideration dosage, timing, drug interactions, side effects and other factors. . . Giving sick people powerful chemicals to treat serious medical conditions in a nonregulated, noncontrolled fashion
just doesn t square with modern medical practices, much less our ethics and core values
of quality care. I share your sympathy for children and adults struggling with serious diseases, and for
their loved ones who suffer alongside them. The Legislature has been working diligently to pass legislation, which might help Minnesotans suffering from certain debilitating diseases. Of the
two bills currently being considered, I believe SF2470, the current House bill, better addresses the
concerns of all stakeholders.
The House bill allows for and directs the Minnesota Department of Health to do
observational studies. The Senate bill has no such provision. Therefore, the House bill is a better vehicle to answer the questions: whether or not medical cannabis works, if so, for what
conditions, and are there any adverse effects?
The House bill provides better consumer assistance than the Senate bill. For example, the
House bill requires the Minnesota Department of Health to provide assistance in identifying
effective composition and dosage. The Senate bill provides no such assistance to patients.
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