Katelyn Pauling in a 2014 photo. (Ben Garvin, Pioneer Press)

Katelyn Pauling, whose parents fought for medical pot in Minn., dies at age 8

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — The girl whose parents worked to pass legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota has died at age 8.

Katelyn Pauling had epilepsy and a nervous system disorder. Katelyn and her parents, Jeremy and Kristy Pauling, were often present at the state Capitol during the push to legalize medical marijuana. The first medical cannabis distribution center opens in Minneapolis July 1.

The Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Montevideo says a service for Katelyn will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Montevideo. Visitation is Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and just before the service.

An obituary says Katelyn died Friday at her home surrounded by her family.