The state of Minnesota has made progress in the legalization of cannabis. While medical cannabis has been legal in the state since 2014, it is still considered one of the most restrictive programs in the nation. However, recent developments have expanded patient access to smokable cannabis and edible products like gummies and chews.
In Minnesota, patients with qualifying conditions can apply for a medical cannabis certification through the state. Qualifying conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Tourette syndrome, and other conditions that cause severe or chronic pain. Patients must provide proof of residency and pay an annual fee of $200 ($50 for those who qualify for reduced fees).
Caregivers can also be added to a patient’s account and must pass a background check before being approved. Caregivers are allowed to support up to six medical cannabis patients at a time.
Manufacturers in Minnesota are required to ensure that medical cannabis contains a maximum 30-day supply of dosage for each patient. Pharmacists at registered Cannabis Patient Centers recommend specific dosages and types for patients. Permissible forms of medical cannabis include oil, pills, and vaporized delivery methods that do not use raw plant or dry leaves.
Minnesota has very strict possession and cultivation regulations with only two in-state manufacturers producing all medical cannabis in the state. Patients are not allowed to grow their own cannabis flower at this time.
The recent development in allowing smokable cannabis and edible products was a significant step forward for Minnesota’s program. Patients ages 21 and older can now access smokable medical cannabis, while as of August 1, 2022, registered patients can begin to buy gummies and chews after completing a consultation with a dispensary pharmacist.
However, some lawmakers are pushing for Minnesota to join other states that allow recreational marijuana sales. Currently, up to 11 states in the US legally allow both types of use in their regions, which not only helps patients but also boosts the economy.
In conclusion, while progress has been made towards expanding access to medical cannabis in Minnesota, restrictions remain in place. However, recent developments have expanded patient access to smokable cannabis and edible products like gummies and chews. It remains to be seen whether lawmakers will push towards full legalization of recreational marijuana sales like other states have done so successfully. Overall though it seems as if there is momentum building behind making marijuana more accessible across America which could lead to further legislation being passed over the coming years.