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Medical marijuana bill advanced by Minnesota Senate panel

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ST. PAUL -- A state Senate committee advanced a bill to legalize medical marijuana on a 7-3 vote Friday morning.

The legislation next will be taken up by a rules committee in the Senate next week, said Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis.

Dibble is the sponsor of legislation in the Senate, which won bipartisan support Friday morning. Sen. Michelle Benson, a Republican from Ham Lake, joined six Democrats on the committee in supporting the bill.

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