Minnesota: Medical Marijuana Patients and Advocates Gather at Governor's Mansion

MNGovDaytonGetBetterSoon

Patients and Advocates Deliver a Provocative 'Get Better Soon' Card to Gov. Dayton, Who Is Recovering From Hip Surgery

Huge greeting card urges the Governor to 'show some backbone' and 'stop bowing to law enforcement,' which is holding up a bill that would allow seriously ill Minnesotans to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it

A group of medical marijuana patients and advocates gathered in front of the Minnesota Governor's Mansion at 12:30 Thursday afternoon to deliver a very large and provocative 'get better soon' card to Gov. Mark Dayton, who is recovering from hip surgery. Following a brief news conference, patients, their family members, and supporters signed the card, which was then delivered to the governor by a Burnsville, Minnesota man suffering from muscular dystrophy.

The huge greeting card urges the Governor to "show some backbone" and "stop bowing to law enforcement," which is holding up a bill that would allow seriously ill Minnesotans to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. An inscription inside the card reads: "You took action to relieve your pain. Will you take action to relieve ours?"

Gov. Dayton has said he will only support Rep. Carly Melin's medical marijuana bill, HF 1818, if it has the approval of law enforcement officials, who he instructed to work with the bill sponsor on a compromise. Rep. Carly Melin temporarily removed her medical marijuana legislation (HF 1818) from the House Government Operations agenda this week after law enforcement officials steadfastly refused to support workable medical marijuana legislation, refusing to make any meaningful compromises at all.

A Change.org petition calling on Gov. Dayton to "show some backbone" and get HF 1818 passed received more than 250 signatures within the first two hours of being launched.

Graphic: MJ News Network