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Dayton offers medical marijuana compromise

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton prefers to launch two medical marijuana studies instead of legalizing it this year.

The studies would be about using chemicals in marijuana to help severely ill people, he said Friday. His idea could end chances of a medical marijuana bill that has stalled in the Legislature this year.

The governor suggests spending $2.2 million on a Mayo Clinic medical study about whether one chemical from marijuana helps children with types of epilepsy. Another $390,000 would be available for a study headed by the state health commissioner to look into what has happened in areas that already allow medical marijuana.