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HF 508

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 02/11/2013 02:23pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; authorizing courts to recognize a necessity defense for
certain criminal, administrative, and civil cases involving natural herbs of the
genus Cannabis; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter


Section 1.

new text begin [634.40] NECESSITY DEFENSE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Defense. new text end

new text begin Sections 152.02, subdivision 7, clause (1), and 152.21,
and other law may not be construed, directly or by implication, to deny a defendant in a
criminal proceeding, or a person involved in a civil or administrative proceeding, the right
to introduce evidence or testimony of a medical need to use, or a therapeutic or palliative
benefit derived from the use of, natural herbs of the genus Cannabis or confections or
other products derived directly from, or containing extracts from, natural herbal cannabis;
which evidence or testimony is acceptable as a mitigating or exculpatory circumstance in
the proceeding. This evidence or testimony is also not precluded from consideration in the
course of an appeal, under established rules, of any verdict, ruling, or decision reached in
a criminal, civil, or administrative proceeding.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Exceptions. new text end

new text begin This section does not apply to charges under section 152.021,
subdivision 1; 152.022, subdivision 1; 152.023, subdivision 1; or 152.024, subdivision 1,
that involve the sale of more than a small amount of cannabis.
new text end