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ST. PAUL - Minnesota House and Senate negotiators will attempt to find a medical marijuana compromise.

Senators Tuesday morning voted not to accept a House-passed bill to allow patients to use marijuana. That sets up the process to establish a conference committee to work out differences between the bills.

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Work must be completed by when legislators adjourn for the year. The last day lawmakers can pass bills is Sunday, although it is rare to hold Sunday sessions.

Gov. Mark Dayton Monday said he could sign the House bill if it arrived on his desk because many law enforcement and medical organization either are neutral or support it. They generally oppose the Senate bill.

Dayton said that one of the problems with the Senate bill is that it allows 2.5 ounces of plant marijuana that can be vaporized. Dayton said that marijuana could be smoked, even though it would be illegal, or sold. The House bill does not allow plant marijuana, only extracts from the plant.

The Senate bill also allows 55 distribution points in the state, which law enforcement officials say would make security difficult.

The Senate bill would cover more Minnesota's illnesses.

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