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Angela Garin of St. Paul, who is advocating for medical marijuana for her son, carries 5-year-old Paxton into the Governor's Mansion in St. Paul on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Garin, whose son is diagnosed with intractable epilepsy, autism and cerebral palsy, recently traveled to Oregon where her son was legally given medical marijuana. "His seizures were down 88%," said Garin, who said she's considering moving if a bill fails to pass. ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS/Ben Garvin

Dayton: Marijuana available for medical uses, but illegal

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans who want marijuana to ease pain and deal with other medical conditions already can get it, Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday.

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However, he quickly added, buying pot on the street is illegal, and he does not endorse it. In a conference call with reporters, he said that possessing a small amount of the drug could bring a fine about the same cost as a traffic ticket.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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