Matt Dean on Drugs
Voted NO on establishing rules for medical marijuana
Legislative Summary: A bill providing for medical cannabis registry program; establishing duties of patients, health care practitioners, and manufacturer of medical cannabis; establishing fees; requiring impact assessment of medical
cannabis therapeutic research.
- "Disqualifying felony offense" means a violation of a state or federal controlled substance law that would be a felony if committed in Minnesota.
- "Health care practitioner" means a licensed doctor or advanced
practice registered nurse, who has the primary responsibility for the treatment of a person diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition.
- "Medical cannabis" means any species of the cannabis plant, or any mixture or preparation of them, including
resins, liquids, oils, pills, or vaporized delivery method.
Legislative Outcome: Rep. Matt Dean voted NAY; passed Senate 46-16-5, April 24; passed House 89-40-5, May 9; signed by Gov. Dayton, May 29
Source: Minnesota Legislative voting records on SF 2470
, May 9, 2014
Voted NO on legalizing medical marijuana
Legislative Summary: Providing for the medical use of marijuana in the treatment of debilitating medical conditions:
Veto letter: While I am very sympathetic to those dealing with end-of-life illnesses and accompanying pain, I stand with law enforcement in opposition to this legislation. Marijuana poses serious public safety and health risks.
Legalized medicinal use could serve to compound these problems.
- Legally protecting qualified patients and primary caregivers for limited amounts in possession
- Issuing registry
identification cards to qualifying patients, primary suppliers, and treatment facilities
- Requiring criminal history background checks of primary caregivers before issuance of a registry identification card
- Sunset provision (automatic expiration of
Legislative Outcome: Passed House 70-64-1 on May 18; Rep. Matt Dean voted NO; passed Senate 38-28-1 on May 18; vetoed by Gov. Pawlenty on May 22
Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: SF 97
, May 18, 2009
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