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Sen. Steve Murphy of Red Wing, left, listens Wed-nesday as physician George Wagoner encourages a Minnesota Senate panel to pass Murphy's bill allowing the use of marijuana by people suffering from specific illnesses. Tribune photo by Scott Wente

Minnesota officials revive medical marijuana debate

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ST. PAUL -- George Wagoner said all it took was two breaths of marijuana smoke and his wife could cope with the pain of terminal ovarian cancer.

"She received dramatic relief," said Wagoner, a Michigan physician and medical marijuana advocate.

Ryan Rasmussen said he is recovering from a troubled lifestyle that started when he smoked marijuana, which led him to dabble in a stronger street narcotic and criminal behavior.

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