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Medical marijuana advocate Joni Whiting of Jordan tells senators Wednesday that the drug helped her daughter cope with the pain of cancer and that other Minnesotans suffering from chronic illnesses should have the opportunity to legally use the drug as a pain reliever.

Medical marijuana debate revived

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ST. PAUL - George Wagoner said all it took was two breaths of marijuana smoke and his wife could cope with the pain of terminal ovarian cancer.

"She received dramatic relief," said Wagoner, a Michigan physician and medical marijuana advocate.

Ryan Rasmussen said he is recovering from a troubled lifestyle that started when he smoked marijuana, which led him to dabble in a stronger street narcotic and criminal behavior.

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