Most Doctors At Forum Oppose Medical Marijuana

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File photo of marijuana plants.  (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

File photo of marijuana plants. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Most of the doctors polled at a Minnesota Medical Association forum oppose the legislation that legalizes medical marijuana.

The bill passes a Minnesota House committee Wednesday, but still has a long road ahead in the Legislature.

The Medical Association says two-thirds of the 35 physicians attending a medical marijuana forum this week in Eagan oppose the bill. The forum’s moderator and MMA board chairman, Dr. Dave Thorson, says many physicians felt more research is needed on the topic.

The association, as a whole, has not taken a position on the legislation. The MMA is also surveying its entire membership and that information will be forwarded to its board in mid-March.

Despite their hesitance, other states are supportive of those hoping to grow marijuana – in fact, the Liquor Control Board in Washington state issued Sean Green, chief executive of Kouchlock Productions, the license at its meeting in Olympia on Wednesday, launching a new phase in the state’s ambitious effort to regulate a market that has been illegal for more than 75 years.

Green, who has operated medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane and the Seattle suburb of Shoreline, proclaimed the document “beautiful.” The license will allow him to grow 21,000 square feet of cannabis at his Spokane facility — the first pot that will be grown for sale under the highly taxed system approved by voters in 2012.

The possession of marijuana became legal for adults over 21 soon after the vote, but it’s still illegal to grow or sell it for recreational use until pot shops open in the state later this year.

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