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Forum News Service, Published March 25 2014

Dayton says marijuana study doomed

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he does not expect his proposal to study medical marijuana to pass this year's Legislature.

In a WCCO radio interview, he called changes for the plan "slim and none."

Advocates of a bill, stalled in the Legislature, would not support his plan, he said. He opposes the bill to legalize marijuana for use to control seizures and extreme pain because law enforcement groups do not support the use of plant marijuana.

Dayton suggested giving the Mayo Clinic $2.2 million to conduct a clinical study of a chemical found in marijuana to help control children's seizures. He also wanted a study about how states that already allow medical marijuana have fared.

The governor said he will bring back his study proposal next year.