Lawmakers say deal reached on medical marijuana

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers say they have a deal to legalize medical marijuana that Gov. Mark Dayton would sign.

They were set to detail the agreement Thursday afternoon at a Capitol press conference.

The House and Senate passed differing medical marijuana bills. The main differences surrounded the number of access points, the form the drug could come in and the health conditions that would be eligible. Both versions prohibited smoking of marijuana as medicine.

Dayton has resisted allowing any marijuana in leaf form out of fear it would be tough to monitor. He has sided with law enforcement concerns in demanding tight controls.

Advocates for patients have been worried about the drug being too hard for ill people to get.

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