Minnesota House medical marijuana people’s whip count

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The Minnesota legislature reconvenes Tuesday, April 22, and will scramble to conclude business by May 19. One high profile issue, the legalization of medical marijuana, enjoys overwhelming popular support, according to recent polling.

And yet as Forum Communications’ veteran political reporter Don Davis reports in his Minnesota political notebook: Minnesota marijuana issue remains clouded. Davis writes:

Medical marijuana legislation stalled in the Legislature until Dayton told reporters that lawmakers were “hiding behind their desks” from the issue. That prompted Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, to kick the issue into committee meetings.

The Senate measure awaits a vote, while a House bill sits in a committee.

Dayton says he will not sign a medical marijuana bill until law enforcement and medical organizations get behind one.

Curious where your legislator stands? Bluestem Prairie has assembled a chart of what is publicly known about Minnesota House members’ positions on Representative Carly Melin’s (DFL-Hibbing) HF1818 and HF2383, the identical “overlflow” bill filed by David FitzSimmons (R-Albertville) and five others after the maximum lawmakers allowed under House rules signed on to HF1818.

UPDATE: We neglected to include HF2099, another medical marijuana bill that’s fairly close to the other bills. It’s authored by Andrew Falk (DFL-Murdock) and co-sponsored by Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Minneapolis) and Jay McNamar (DFL-Elbow Lake).

It’s posted below the fold, and we’re working on a chart for the Senate companion bill, SF1641.

This article is reposted from TCDP media partner Bluestem Prairie. Check out the links below for other recent Bluestem Prairie stories:

Just as in the minimum wage constituent’s whip count, Bluestem is asking readers to help fill in the blanks If your state representative hasn’t gone on record on the bill, please politely contact her or him (click on the link under the names; if you don’t know who represents you in the Minnesota House find out here) and ask her or him where sheor he stands on HF1818. No need to ask about the overflow bill. (When you get an answer, please email Bluestem your answer at sally.jo.sorensen {at} gmail.com or leave the answer in our comments.

We won’t publish your name or comment (absolutely NO temporary, fake, or spoofed emails acccepted in comments), but we do need to have documentation of constituent contact before we add the information you’ve collected to the Whip Count chart below the fold.

Name

Stand 1818/2383/2099

Media reports

Notes

Abeler, Jim (R)

   

2009 SF97 No

Albright, Tony (R)

 

Shakopee News 2/14

Seeks law enforcement, medical profession nod

Allen, Susan (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

BSP 2/19

Author of forfeiture bill HF1081

Anderson, Mark (R)

No

Wadena Pioneer Journal 4/2

THC pills already legal, no need for bill

Anderson, Paul (R)

   

2009 SF97 No

Anderson, Sarah (R)

   

2009 SF97 No

Anzelc, Tom (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 No

Atkins, Joe (DFL)

 

Eagan Patch 4/20

2009 SF97 Yes

Patch: hopes for compromise

Barrett, Bob (R)

No -statement

KSTP 1/5

I-C Co Star 3/6

Supports study for kids living w/ seizures

Former Hazeldon exec

Beard, Michael (R)

   

2009 SF97 No

Benson, John (DFL)

 

Sun Sailor 2/12

“ardent supporter”

2009 SF97 Yes

Benson, Mike (R)

     

Bernardy, C. (DFL)

     

Bly, David (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

KYMN radio 2/28

2009 SF97 Yes

Brynaert, K (DFL)

 

MFP 3/15

“seeks medical opinion”

2009 SF97 No

Carlson, L. (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

Sun Post 2/21 wants agreement

2009 SF97 Yes

Clark, Karen (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Cornish, Tony (R)

 

MFP 3/15

Bro in CA sees crime

2009 SF97 No

Daudt, Kurt (R)

House minority leader

 

Sun Patriot 3/17

MSP/STP Biz Jnl 2/21

Says 3/17 bipartisan support and opposition/ 2/12 unlikely to pass

Davids, Greg (R)

   

2009 SF97 No

Davnie, Jim (DFL)

Yes- email

 

2009 SF97 Yes

To constituent; “ Whether we get to a vote this year or not is a different question.”

Dean, Matt (R)

No –4/12 tweet

 

2009 SF97 No

Dehn, R. (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

   

Dettmer, Bob (R)

   

2009 SF97 No

Dill, David (DFL)

   

2009 SF97 No

Dorholt, Zachery (DFL)

 

WJON 3/28 “completely supports bill”

 

Drazkowski, S (R)

   

2009 SF97 No

Erhardt, Ron (DFL)

   

Voted no 2007 bill in Ways & Means Com

Erickson, Roger (DFL)

     

Erickson, Sondra (R)

   

Voted no 2007 bill in Health Care etc Com

Fabian, Dan (R)

     

Falk, Andrew (DFL)

Author of 2099; co-author HF2383

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Faust, Tim (DFL)

 

Kanabec Co Times LTE against coauthorship

Removed name HR1818

2009 SF97 Yes

Fischer, Peter (DFL)

Co-author HF2383

   

FitzSimmons, David (R)

Author HF2383

 

2383 is overflow 1818

Franson, Mary (R)

No-social media

TC Daily Planet 2/7

 

Freiberg, Mike (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

Sun Post 2/21

Yes

 

Fritz, Patti (DFL)

 

MJ Headline News 2/27

Will vote no

2009 SF97 No

Garofalo, Pat (R)

Co-author HF2383

Amendment on HHS Policy bill

MPR story on amendment

2009 SF97 Yes

Green, Steve (R)

     

Gruenhagen, Glenn (R)

 

Pioneer Press article on amendment

Offered amendments limiting HF1818

Gunther, Bob (R)

   

2009 SF97 Yes

House bill co-author

Hackbarth, Tom (R)

Co-author HF1818

Strib 3/3/2013

“wife is terminally ill”

2009 SF97 Yes

Halverson, Laurie (DFL)

     

Hamilton, Rod (R)

 

Strib 3/9/2011

General opposition although living w/ MS

2009 SF97 No

In 2011 Strib article said that legalizing sends mixed message to kids

Hansen, Rick (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Spoke on floor of dying mother’s pain in 2009

Hausman, Alice (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Medical pot supporter for over 10 years

Hertaus, Jerry (R)

     

Hilstrom, Debra (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Holberg, Mary Liz (R)

   

2009 SF97 No

Hoppe, Joe (R)

 

Chaska Herald 2/2

No rush- look at CO and WA first

2009 SF97 No

Hornstein, Frank (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Hortman, Melissa (DFL)

   

2009 SF97 Yes

Howe, Jeff (R)

     

Huntley, Thomas (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Isaacson, Jason (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

   

Johnson, Brian (R)

 

I-C Co Star 3/6

Opposes bill

 

Johnson, Clark (DFL)

 

MFP 3/15 “Sees value” in medical marijuana”

Yes vote

 

Johnson, Sheldon (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Kahn, Phyllis (DFL)

Yes/MCC list

Co-author of HF2099

Authored 2011 bill for med pot as export crop

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Spoke to 2013 CLE training on bills

Likely yes

Kelly, Tim (R)

Co-author HF2383

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Kieffer, Andrea (R)

Co-author HF1818

Mesabi Dly News 3/26

1818 press conference

 

Kiel, Debra (R)

     

Kresha, Ron (R)

     

Laine, Carolyn (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Leidiger, Ernie (R)

     

Lenczewski, Ann (DFL)

   

2009 SF97 No

Lesch, John (DFL)

   

2009 SF97 No

Liebling, Tina (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

MPR March 4

Chairs HHS Committee that heard bill

2009 SF97 Yes

Lien, Ben (DFL)

 

KVRR Fox 4/12

Supports

Says science is there

Lillie, Leon (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Loeffler, Diane (DFL)

   

2009 SF97 Yes

Lohmer, Kathy (R)

 

Stillwater Gazette 3/24

No -supports Dayton

Opposed ‘11 YouTube

 

Loon, Jenifer (R)

 

Eden Prairie News 2/20

No

2009 SF97 No

Mack, Tara (R)

   

2009 SF97 No

Mahoney, Tim (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Mariani, Carlos (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Marquart, Paul (DFL)

 

KVRR Fox 4/12 No, w/ law enforcement

2009 SF97 No

Masin, Sandra (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

McDonald, Joe (R)

     

McNamar, Jay (DFL)

Co-author HF2383

Co-author of HF2099

   

McNamara, Denny (R)

   

2009 SF97 Yes

Melin, Carly (DFL)

Author HF1818

Many media reports

Drew applause by calling attention to drug war funding for law enforcement.

Metsa, Jason (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

Mesabi Daily News 3/17

 

Moran, Rena (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

   

Morgan, Will (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Mullery, Joe (DFL)

   

2009 SF97 Yes

Murphy, Erin (DFL)

Majority Leader

 

Post Bulletin 4/9

Wants compromise

Mesabi Daily News 3/17

wants health care

2009 SF97 Yes

Murphy, Mary (DFL)

   

2009 SF97 No

Myhra, Pam (R)

 

Savage Pacer 2/13

with law enforcement

Thought those working for medical marijuana support pot for fun

Nelson, Michael V. (DFL)

   

2009 SF97 Yes

Newberger, Jim (R)

     

Newton, Jerry (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Nornes, Bud (R)

 

Fergus Falls Jrnal 3/31

No

2009 SF97 No

Norton, Kim (DFL)

 

Post Bulletin 4/9

Supports Dayton study

No on HF1818

2009 SF97 No

O’Driscoll, Tim (R)

     

O’Neill, Marion (R)

   

Former Teen Challenge employee

Paymar, Michael (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Pelowski Jr., Gene (DFL)

   

2009 SF97 No

Peppin, Joyce (R)

   

2009 SF97 No

Persell, John (DFL)

 

Bemidji Pioneer 3/18

“we use plant medicine all the time”

2009 SF97 Yes

Wants pill form

Petersburg, John (R)

 

MFP 3/15

No

 

Poppe, Jeanne (DFL)

 

Austin Herald 2/3

Worth discussion

KIMT 3/6

Bill needs tightening

2009 SF97 Yes

Pugh, Cindy (R)

 

Chaska Herald 2/26

Sees value but respects law enforcement views

 

Quam, Duane (R)

 

Post Bulletin 5/2013

Willing to look if tightly controlled

 

Radinovich, Joe (DFL)

     

Rosenthal, Paul (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Runbeck, Linda (R)

     

Sanders, Tim (R)

   

2009 SF97 No

Savick, Shannon (DFL)

     

Sawatzky, Mary (DFL)

     

Schoen, Dan (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

CBS New 2/12

 

Day job : police officer

Schomacker, Joe (R)

 

Rock Co Star Herald 2/12

Talks about pros and cons

Scott, Peggy (R)

   

2009 SF97 No

Selcer, Yvonne (DFL)

 

Chaska Herald 2/2

Undecided

Listening to doctors and patients

Simon, Steve (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

Sun Sailor 2/13

Details on support

2009 SF97 Yes

Simonson, Erik (DFL)

     

Slocum, Linda (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

 

2009 SF97 Yes

Sundin, Mike (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

   

Swedzinski, Chris (R)

 

Marshall Inpt 5/3/2013

No

Fears it will encourage pot use by kids

Theis, Tama (R)

 

KNSI 2/24 Implies interest in pill, vaporizer forms

 

Thissen, Paul (DFL)

Speaker

 

Davis/Forum 4/18 compromise w/ law enforcement needed

2009 SF97 Yes

Torkelson, Paul (R)

 

MFP 3/15 Wants very tight controls

2009 SF97 No

Uglem, Mark (R)

     

Urdahl, Dean (R)

   

2009 SF97 No

Wagenius, Jean (DFL)

   

2009 SF97 Yes

Ward, JoAnn (DFL)

Co-author HF1818

   

Ward, John (DFL)

   

2009 SF97 Yes

Wills, Anna (R)

     

Winkler, Ryan (DFL)

 

Sun Sailor 2/13

Yes

2009 SF97 Yes

Woodard, Kelby (R)

     

Yarusso, Barb (DFL)

     

Zellers, Kurt (R)

No-gubernatorial bid statements

MPR 3/27

No

2009 SF97 No

Zerwas, Nick (R)

     

TOTAL

Yes: 46

(includes media Y)

No: 21

(includes media N)

Undecided/Unknown 67

 

   

We’ll update the Whip Count as new information comes in, and we will link to the Senate whip count when we have it constructed.