The push to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota moved a step ahead Tuesday after the bill passed a House committee on a voice vote.
The House Health and Human Services Policy Committee heard testimony from two dozen witnesses, but the bill still has a long road ahead in the Legislature - and remains controversial in the state and around the nation.
An informal coalition of law enforcement agencies, including county attorneys, sheriffs and police, issued a list of requirements for the bill, including that marijuana come in only pill, liquid or vapor form. The committee narrowly defeated an amendment that would have added similar language to the bill.
Champlin Police Chief Dave Kolb, co-chairman of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, said law enforcement groups object to any bill they view as leading to the expanded use of marijuana.
"If the bill becomes truly medical, we'd be neutral," Kold told The Associated Press before Tuesday's hearing.
Could Minnesota become the 21st state to legalize medical marijuana? Or are there too many unanswered questions surrounding the issue?