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Senate defeats 'grow your own' medical marijuana bill

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The state Senate has defeated a measure that would allow medical marijuana patients to grow their own plants.

The bill would limit a personal “grow center” to 8 plants.

Sen. Janna Myrdal (R-Edinburg) said the Senate Judiciary Committee gave the measure a unanimous “do not pass” recommendation, after law enforcement raised concerns.

"Some of those plants can be quite large, and produce several pounds," Myrdal said. "Plus there's no way to control the THC level. And, if I can speak for myself, there's no other drug with any effect like this has, that we are allowed to manufacure at home, or crush up and make our own aspirin, or anything like that."

The bill’s main sponsor –  Sen. Oley Larsen (R-Minot) – told the Senate he introduced it because he thinks that’s what the supporters of the original medical marijuana initiated measure wanted.

The bill failed on a 42 to 4 vote.

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