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Sen. Steve Murphy of Red Wing, left, listens as physician George Wagoner encourages a Minnesota Senate panel Wednesday to pass Murphy's bill allowing the use of marijuana by people suffering from specific illnesses. Photo by Scott Wente, St. Paul Capitol Bureau.

Medical marijuana debate revived

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By Scott Wente

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

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.

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"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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