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Seven-year-old Katelyn Pauling of Montevideo was on hand as Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL- Minneapolis, and Rep. Carly Melin, DFL- Hibbing, announced a bipartisan compromise bill legalizing certain forms of medical marijuana during a press conference Thursday at the Capitol in St. Paul. Katelyn suffers from Batten Disease, a form of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses that effects children and can cause seizures. Katelyn’s parents Jeremy and Kristy Pauling were also there. Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin

Relief on the way? Marijuana compromise brings tears of happiness

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ST. PAUL — Angie Weaver shed tears, again.

“This means the world to our family,” the Hibbing mother said between tears of joy Thursday, hoping her daughter will be able to use marijuana extracts to ease up to 50 seizures she has a day. “This is going to help thousands of Minnesotans. ... My daughter is going to be able to stay in Minnesota and grow up with her cousins.”
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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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