Aug 062015
 August 6, 2015

minnesota price legal medical marijuanaYesterday I wrote about how Minnesota has more medical marijuana doctors signed up for Minnesota’s medical marijuana program than patients. As of the end of last week, there were only 250 medical marijuana patients in Minnesota. Anyone who is familiar with medical marijuana laws and programs around the country is not surprised. When the list of qualifying conditions is as small as it is in Minnesota, no one should expect patient numbers to be very high, as predicted by just about every cannabis expert from within the cannabis community.

There are just two companies that are responsible for growing and distributing all of the medical marijuana for the entire state. As seems to be the case with more and more cannabis companies, at least one of the companies over estimated just how big the market would be, and as a result is having to hike up prices. Per the Star Tribune:

One of Minnesota’s medical marijuana manufacturers has raised its prices substantially after less than a month in business, adding to a cost that many patients are already struggling to cover.

Dr. Kyle Kingsley of Minnesota Medical Solutions told the Associated Press Thursday that the company raised prices on its pills, vapors and liquids by 15 percent to 20 percent last week. The company also reduced the size of a discount for low-income Minnesota residents, he said.

The price increases, which weren’t announced in advance or publicized, riled some patients faced with big bills for the medication. Insurance doesn’t cover medical marijuana.

The second company that grows and distributes medical marijuana in Minnesota, LeafLine Labs, has stated that they will not raise their prices…for now. Unless there is a dramatic uptick in patients in the near future, which I think is nearly impossible given the rules of the Minnesota medical marijuana program, these two companies will continue to struggle. And since those companies are about making money, I would imagine prices will continue to rise, and all the while patients will suffer. Minnesota needs to take a good, hard look at their program and make some much needed changes, starting with allowing home cultivation so that patients don’t get price gouged at the dispensaries that they are strong armed into visiting by the Minnesota medical marijuana program.

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  16 Responses to “Legal Medical Marijuana In Minnesota Is About To Get More Expensive”

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    Minnesota is a backwards regressive and socially conservative place relative to the west coast. Law enforcement, conservatives and neo-liberals rule the state. They will never legalize marijuana or change their ineffectual awful “medical” marijuana law. There is a reason Minnesota only legalized “medical” marijuana in 2014, 20 years after the West Coast states, it’s a backwards regressive socially conservative place. Anyone concerned with getting the medicine they need, or with living in a loser progressive place, move to Seattle or Portland. Minneapolis is stuck in the past, and the mired in the failed policies of yesteryear. Pack your bags people!

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      Couldn’t have said it better! I still live here and geographically it’s perfect! But politically it sucks…

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      I live in Minnesota. I have dealt with chronic pelvic pain for 15 years and autoimmune disease which in turn has generated 7 other diseases and the new is glacouma. I’m 56 years old. The doctors just want to right prescriptions for painkillers. I hate them . I’ve been smoking for the last 7 years and was able to get off all my prescriptions except for 2. Now my guy moved away. The program here is bullshit. The shit one has to go through is insulting and degrading. And expensive. Unless your arms and legs are gone maybe one might be accepted in the program. I’m a little old to be hanging out at a high school parking lot to get bud. I’m pissed the medical community has totally failed me. What do I do now. Our politicians suck ass.

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        AMEN TO THAT. DAYTON IS AN IDIOT AND HE NEEDS TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. I HAVE SEIZURES AND DONT EVEN KNOW WHERE TO GO TO TO FIND A DOCTOR. MINNESOTA CLEARY FAILED THE PROGRAM AS A RESULT OF TRYING TO AVOID IT BY AGREEING TO A PROGRAM THAT WILL BLOCK ADVANCEMENT. SCREW MN . I might have to leave family and my job. Funk off Dayton!

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    Thanks for passing along this vital information, TWB and Johnny Green!!!!! I will share it with my network. The operations of Dr. Kyle Kingsley from Minnesota, as I pointed out in a previous post for the other story, are actually based in Fulton County, New York. He now possesses one of 5 official licenses in New York to grow cannabis plants for medical purposes–ironically, in a former juvenile detention center that closed down. Kingsley calls his company Empire State Health Solutions, and I can guarantee that hundreds of prospective NY patients are going to be quite perturbed by this news about his arbitrary pricing schemes. Although, here in NY, all pricing will be determined by Dr. Howard Zucker, head of the state Department of Health.

    Thankfully, we also have the truly compassionate Peckham ladies, who together are founding a new home-grown company called Etain (based on a character from Celtic mythology). This mother and her two daughters are pouring their “hearts and souls” into the process of growing cannabis. I can only hope that Amy, Hillary and Keeley Peckham attain some leverage SOON to lobby Dr. Zucker regarding lower prices, wider access, and less belligerence among ‘official’ men toward the medicinal compounds in seedless, female cannabis flowers.

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    Boo hoo, they have to pay more to get stoned.

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    MMM, my best friends Daughter with severe seizures is finally getting medicine that works. Boo hoo…really? Stoned…really? You must be a cop or profiting some other way from prohibition.

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    Where are the clinics in MN? So far two of my doctors will not write a prescription for medical marijuana. I have Multiple Sclerosis which is one of the conditions allowed.

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      Hi. I have the same question and also 18yrs with ms. Did u find a dr?

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        No I haven’t looked for a doctor, not sure if my insurance will cover it. Mn has a long way to go. I buy my own and smoke until it is easier for a perscription.

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      Sorry to hear! It is really a shame all these pain killers are handed out, except for the one that will do the least harm to your body and do the most for you. At least for me. Those damn pills make me sick.. literally

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    Seriously considering becoming an activist in my state of MN.

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