ST. PAUL (AP) — A push to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota was in limbo Tuesday after a key lawmaker said she had reached an impasse in negotiations with law enforcement to get their support.
Rep. Carly Melin said she had conceded to virtually all demands from law enforcement over the weekend but still didn't have them aboard. A House committee hearing, the second on the issue, was postponed at her request.
"Gov. Mark Dayton, who has made his support conditional on law enforcement embracing the bill, said the two months left in the session are plenty of time "to negotiate the legitimate concerns of not only law enforcement officers, but also many medical, mental health and other experts." Dayton didn't change his own stance in the statement.
House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said in an email before the governor's statement that "it does not appear to me that a compromise is going to happen this session."
Medical marijuana is allowed in 20 states and Washington, D.C.