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Minnesota Rep. Carly Melin of Hibbing announces Thursday, May 1, 2014, that she reached a compromise that should allow a full House vote on medical marijuana. Behind her are families of children who could benefit from marijuana compounds. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Minnesota medical marijuana plan set to advance

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ST. PAUL -- Amelia Weaver gets a legislative hearing for her eighth birthday today.

Her parents, Josh and Angie of Hibbing, hope it is a happy birthday for their daughter with Dravet syndrome, which causes frequent seizures. Today's hearing could be a big step to allow using parts of the marijuana plant to control those seizures, as well as other serious medical conditions in people of all ages.


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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.