A bill recently introduced in Minnesota would permit the use of marijuana for medicinal use, effectively nullifying the federal prohibition on the plant.

Introduced by Rep. Andrew Falk, HB2099, sets definitions for allowable use, spells out limitations, and sets certification guidelines for medical marijuana dispensaries.

“There is a presumption that a qualifying patient or designated caregiver is engaged in the authorized medical use of marijuana.”

Farther, the bill sets prerequisites for use. Patients are required to meet the follow criteria:

(1) is in possession of a registry identification card;

(2) is in possession of an amount of marijuana that does not exceed the allowable amount of marijuana.

(3) The presumption may be rebutted by evidence that conduct related to use of marijuana was not for the purpose of treating or alleviating the qualifying patient’s debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the qualifying patient’s debilitating medical condition.

The federal government prohibits marijuana, even for medical purposes. The prohibition violates the Constitution, as the federal government has no delegated power to regulate marijuana within a state. Doubt this? Then ask yourself why it took a constitutional amendment to allow the feds to enact a similar prohibition on alcohol.

If HB2099 passes and becomes law, Minnesota will join the 21 other states ignoring the federal ban and implementing their own policies.

The groundswell of states simply nullifying federal marijuana laws illustrates the effectiveness of widespread state action and the impotence of the federal government when faced with widespread refusal to recognize their authority.

HB2099 was referred to the Health and Human Services Policy Committee.


If you live in Minnesota, click HERE to find out how to support HB2099

If you live outside Minnesota, click HERE for information on how to nullify federal marijuana laws in your state.

Dave Benner

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