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Minnesota Lawmakers Strike Medical Marijuana Deal

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KSTP-TV --Minnesota lawmakers have a deal on a medical marijuana bill that would set up eight distribution sites and allow qualified patients to access the drug in oil, pill and vapor form.

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The agreement announced Thursday was crafted to suit concerns of Gov. Mark Dayton, who backs it.

"This bill is citizen government at its best," Dayton wrote in a prepared statement. "It has been led by parents, who deeply love their children, are anguished by their pain, and insist their government try to help them. As a father and grandfather, I both understand and admire their devotion."

    

The compromise bridges differences between a restrictive House bill and a relatively expansive Senate bill. Under the agreement, two manufacturers would be able to grow the drugs and run a total of eight distribution centers.

    

Leaf or plant form of marijuana wouldn't be accessible. Smoking the drug wouldn't be permitted.

    

It represents the culmination of a years-long effort by advocates to make the medical use of marijuana legal in Minnesota. Twenty-one other states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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