On May 29, 2014, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bipartisan medical marijuana proposal that was crafted by a House and Senate conference committee. This makes Minnesota the 22nd state to exempt some of the very sick and their caregivers from penalties for using marijuana with a doctor’s certification. The law is far from perfect, primarily due to the governor’s decision to cater to the demands of law enforcement. However, patients, advocates, and their families are committed to working with legislative leaders in order to sensibly improve the law moving forward. If you are a Minnesotan, please email your lawmakers regarding their vote to either allow or prevent the severely ill in Minnesota to use marijuana with their doctors' certifications.
Despite the unnecessary limitations of the law, Minnesota’s medical marijuana program should bring relief to thousands of Minnesotans who suffer from a variety of serious illnesses. Two manufacturers will be certified in 2015, and each will have four distribution points spread across the state by July 2016. Unfortunately, patients will only be able to access marijuana in an extracted form, not the natural flowers, and the law requires patients and their doctors to participate in an onerous and costly study. The compromise also blindly prohibits patients with intractable pain, wasting, and nausea from legally using medical cannabis despite good science showing it works for these terrible ailments.
To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses, you should: