Girl who became a face of MN medical marijuana debate dies

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MONTEVIDEO, Minn. – An eight-year-old girl whose parents worked to pass legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota has died from a rare neurological disease causing severe seizures.

Katelyn Pauling's death comes just months before medical marijuana becomes available to families in Minnesota, as the first distribution center opens in Minneapolis on July 1.

"She put a face to the kids that are hurting," said Jeremy Pauling, her father. "She changed a lot of people in a lot of different ways, not only at the State Capitol, but our community and kids in our community. I think they will grow up better because of it."

Katelyn Pauling died in her father's arms at home this past Friday. Her body began to fail several weeks ago, and her mother Kristy Pauling, also held her in her final moments. She was surrounded by family when she passed away, including her big sisters Kaylee...

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