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Danielle Hackett prepares marijuana buds for sale at BotanaCare in Northglenn, Colo. in this undated file photo. A Minnesota House committee was scheduled to hear a bill Tuesday on medical marijuana but the hearing was postponed after negotiations in the past week failed to produce an agreement with law enforcement groups. REUTERS

Medical pot bill might waft away


ST. PAUL — The prognosis for a bill in the state House to legalize medical marijuana became hazy Tuesday when its chief sponsor said there’s a “stalemate” with critics.

Law enforcement groups are worried about the potential for abuse under the bill, and Gov. Mark Dayton has called on supporters to work out a compromise.

But Rep. Carly Melin, a Hibbing DFLer and chief sponsor of the bill in the House, said Tuesday that negotiations have deadlocked.

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