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Luverne Family: MN Marijuana Debate 'Rollercoaster'

March 27, 2014, 2:52 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Luverne Family: MN Marijuana Debate 'Rollercoaster'

Minnesota families are calling on Governor Mark Dayton to support medical marijuana legislation that could provide treatment for their children.

That includes the Johnson family from Luverne. KELOAND News featured four-year-old Luella Johnson in an Eye on KELOLAND in February. Luella has Dravet syndrome, which is a rare form of epilepsy that is difficult to treat. A liquid form of marijuana known as 'Charlotte's Web' has proven effective in Dravet syndrome patients.

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The Johnsons support the broad legislation legalizing medical marijuana that's being debated in Saint Paul. Dayton has not been as supportive and advocates fear if it gets to his desk he will veto the bill because law enforcement organizations are opposed to it.

"It likely has the votes to make it to his desk but whether or not he'll sign it is very much an unknown," Luella's father Jim Johnson said Thursday. "It's a bit of an emotional rollercoaster because the position out of the governor's office does seem to change frequently."

Dayton has outlined his own counter proposal to conduct a $2 million study at the Mayo Clinic on medical marijuana.

"I urge stakeholders on all sides of this issue to work together on this proposal," Dayton said in a statement Wednesday.

We'll look at the current proposals being considered and what the Johnson's would like to see happen in Saint Paul tonight on KELOLAND News at 10 p.m. on MyUTV and on the late news on KELO-TV following the NCAA tournament.

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