- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014
Dayton denies telling mother to buy pot on street

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday denied a mother’s claim that he had suggested she buy marijuana from the street to treat her 2-year-old son’s intractable epilepsy because the drug is not a legal medicine in the state.

Jessica Hauser, a Woodbury mother who has been advocating for legalizing medical marijuana, was among a small group of supporters who met in early March with the Democratic governor. She also alleged Wednesday that Dayton had told her another option would be to buy the drug in a state where medical marijuana was legal and bring it back to Minnesota. Such an activity would be considered a federal crime.

Appearing publicly for the first time since Hauser made the allegations, Dayton answered “no” when asked if he recommended an illegal purchase. Dayton refused to elaborate.

“I’ve said all I’m going to say about medical marijuana,” he said after a news conference on an unrelated issue. “I’m not going to discuss it further.”

Hauser, 36, stands by her version.

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Interim MNsure CEO to testify before Congress

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The interim chief executive officer of MNsure is being asked to testify before Congress.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports the House Oversight Committee has asked CEO Scott Leitz to testify at a hearing entitled, “Examining ObamaCare’s Problem-Filled State Exchanges.”

The Star Tribune reports he will testify Thursday about the troubled rollout of the online health care insurance exchange.

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa of California is sending letters to 10 governors, including Gov. Mark Dayton. The letter seeks internal documents and communications between state employees and contractors and Obama Administration officials relating to their insurance exchanges.

In a statement, Leitz said he’s happy to comply and will say Minnesota has among the lowest insurance premiums and MNsure has enrolled more than 150,000.

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