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Rep. Carly Melin of Hibbing sits in the spotlight at the testifiers' table Tuesday, May 6, 2014, while the Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee considers her bill to allow marijuana to be used to treat specific medical conditions. It likely will be taken up by the full House on Friday. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Senate passes medical marijuana bill, House prepares to debate issue Friday

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ST. PAUL – Minnesotans suffering conditions they feel only marijuana can help cheered Tuesday as senators overwhelmingly approved using extracts from the plant for medical uses.

Meanwhile, state representatives prepared to debate the issue as early as Friday.

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