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Minnesota Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Set To Open In July

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It’s very rare for a state to legalize medical marijuana and stick to timelines surrounding rule-making and implementation, especially when it comes to dispensaries. Illinois is a great example. Illinois took way longer than expected to even license medical marijuana growers and dispensaries, and patients are still waiting for their medicine. Cases like Illinois are why I always point out the need for home cultivation provisions. Without a home cultivation provision, patients in states that drag their feet have no choice but to either go without medicine, or purchase it from an unregulated blackmarket.

In somewhat surprising news, Minnesota will not be a state that experiences delays in implementation. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

Many states have taken years to implement MMJ laws, develop regulations and get the first businesses up and running. Minnesota, on the other hand, passed a law just last spring legalizing non-smokeable medical cannabis, and dispensaries are now on track to open to the public on July 1.

“We are aiming to open three of our four dispensaries in July, and hopefully the fourth one will be in August,” said Dr. Kyle Kingsley, CEO of Minnesota Medical Solutions (also known as MinnMed).

Leafline Labs, the other MMJ producing and dispensing company licensed by the state, is also on track for the summer, said co-founder Dr. Andrew Bachman.

“We’re ahead of schedule in construction (and) production and will certainly have medicine available to be dispensed on July 1,” Bachman said.

Minnesota has one of the most strict medical marijuana programs in the country. Patients will not be allowed to smoke medical marijuana, and instead can only consume medical marijuana in vapor or edible form. Many conditions that qualify a patient in other states will not qualify a patient in Minnesota. With that being said, this is still good news for the patients that do qualify, and I’m hopeful that after the program is implemented and patients start using the dispensaries, that the program will expand.

  • ĐΣFΣCŦΣĐ

    wow! Is it me, or is this nation ready too smoke?

    • Aloious Kathcart Alqonquin

      Not in Minnesota. Representative Carly Melin (whose MMJ bill passed last session) conspired with Gov Dayton (both Democrats) to allow so few conditions to qualify for MMJ that a VERY tiny minority MAY be helped. For the very few who qualify the cost is projected to run in the neighbourhood of $500/mo on top of the hundreds of dollars in bribes that must be paid to the extortionists who claim to be doctors in this state. In Minnesota the medical community, the law enforcement establishment, and the politicos have mastered the art of appearing (to some) to offer hope to those in need while, in fact, continuing to jail the vast majority of people in desperate need of this medicine. Numbering Minnesota as a state allowing the use of MMJ to any substantial degree is a inaccurate, and a cruel hoax.

      • ĐΣFΣCŦΣĐ

        Well that is BS. Trying to fathom how some states are calling it (evil) while another state next door is calling it (Beautiful)

      • Anber

        Use the word “spasm or spasms’ when discussing your pain. Inside tip.

        • Aloious Kathcart Alqonquin

          Thanks, Amber. I’ll spread the word.

          Unfortunately, in Mn (especially on the Iron Range), the medical community operates without consideration of people in need. As a medical student at Itasca Community College we were “privileged” to be lectured by licensed physicians on 1) why ObamaCare is evil and how to oppose it, and 2) on how to extort money from those in need rather than address their illnesses. This blatant hypocrisy is de rigure here. So widespread as to seem normal.

          Mn does NOT provide cannabis to those in need unless you are a child with epilepsy or have been given less than a year to live. To qualify for either costs thousands of dollars. As usual, only the wealthy or those willing to transfer all their wealth to the medical community will recieve the benefit of this medicine.

          • Donald Maddux

            Aloious Kathcart Alqonquin – When it says “vapor or edible” does that mean your doc can prescribe it and you have to make brownies or use a vaporizer, or is the actual MMJ different? In ready made brownies, and an electronic MMJ joint or cigarette. Or is it just regular MMJ and we must use it in a vaporizer or eat it?

            The article is somewhat vague. Do you know? I have nuerological problems, and regular old fashioned MMJ is all I’m looking for. Also in Woodbury here so I have no idea where any dispensaries will be.

            Thanks in advance.

          • Keys Allen

            Originally, the bill Gov Dayton accepted only allowed for the use of edibles and vapor which could only be “administered” in a licensed physicians office. No “treatment” was to be performed any where else (certainly not in the safety of their homes!). That way the medical mafia in this state remains in a position to repeatedly, endlessly, extort exorbitant fees from the most vulnerable people in our state while being the sole arbiters of whether a medicine they disdain is effective and safe. It’s on their decision that MMJ in Mn continues or is ended.

            At the insistence of the Minnesota Medical Assoc, doctors are unable to prescribe MMJ in Mn. They can only say that MMJ MAY be useful. That way they are legally not responsible for anything at all. If MMJ in Mn is found to be effective, doctors will take the praise for their forward thinking and compassion while being able to duck any blame if their decision is to end the program in favor of their useless approaches to so many diseases.

            If anyone’s going to OD on cannabis (get nervous, go to sleep, or over-eat), it’ll happen with edibles or vapor. Patients will be under the care of self-interested physicians who are administering, in its only dangerous forms, a drug they disapprove of and over which they, along with the law enforcement establishment in this state, have ultimate control. The program is designed to fail, or, at least, remain available too so few that the vast majority in need are excluded “for their own safety.” These prohibitionists are either pure evil, or so completely uninformed about a medicine in common use for over 10,000 years that their state licenses should be revoked.

            I obtained a copy of the bill as it passed and the conditions were those described above. But the bill is open-ended. Changes may be made at any time on the recommendation of the MMA or the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association so it’s impossible to know day-to-day how the program will be changed without notification to the citizens of our state. I’d love to hear from MMJ users in Mn if the bill has been changed to allow its use at home or as needed. Also, I’d love to hear about the actual cost involved.
            As far as dispensaries, you’re in luck. There will be one in Woodbury. Here’s a list of all the dispensaries in MN:
            Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Duluth, Eagan, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Plymouth, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Paul, and, last but not least, Woodbury.

            Neurological problems require a specific combination of cannabanoids. The wrong combination can exacerbate the symptoms. (I have PTS, and am clinically depressed. Sativa’s make it worse. Late harvested Indica’s help.) Depending on these twits to know which strain, which part of the plant to use at what stage of growth, or its proper administration would be foolish. They proudly declare they have no information to guide their recommendation. They, by self-declaration, are not qualified for the job they have relegated to themselves. I take them at their word.

            There is a plethora of information on the ‘net, much of it in peer-reviewed journals, that can provide basic info on which cannabanoids will be helpful to you, depending on what kind of damage you’re trying to manage. I wish you all the luck in the world, and would love to hear of your experience with MMJ in MN if you sign up.

          • Donald Maddux

            Keys Allen – Thank you. That is incredibly informative.

            I found in early 2008, that Mayo Clinic or as I call it, Mayo Butcher Shop (FOUR messed up jaw surgeries there, 3 in less than 4 months) writes all the medical laws in Minnesota. I had to have a 5th jaw surgery at the U of M downtown just to correct part of what Mayo did. By the end of 2009 I realized they not only write the “medical legal crimes” for MN, but in ’09 they started writing the medical laws for the entire country. There is a 4 year statute of limitation in MN, and if someone goes against Mayo and they can’t get it filed federally, then the state court will back log everything so there’s less than four years to file. Someone who works in the legal department there (paralegal) told me that within 10 years from then, so a little less than 4 years now, the statute of limitations in MN will be 2 years. Then more than likely that law will go national. Also, this paralegal told me, they will be writing into law that a “not-for-profit” such as Mayo, can only be sued for specific amounts that will be very small amounts, but people can sue the individual doctor. It sickened me to find out that they are above the law not just in the state, but they will be above the law nationwide soon.

            It is them who obviously wrote such a screwy state law. They will be opening a new hospital if even just a satellite hospital in CO, WA and DC, just so they can write new laws. I know it’s not just MMJ in those states, but watch those states turn it back to just medical, and Mayo will change the laws so only they as a “not-for-profit” company can make 100% of the money. If we could bet, I’d bet within 5 more years, Mayo Butcher Shop will be handling 90 – 95% of MMJ in this country. Slimeballs. Actually less than 5. January 1, 2020.

          • Keys Allen

            Very sad. And accurate. Best of luck to you. Two out of three “doctors” in Mn say they will not, ever, under any circumstances, recommend the use of MMJ. So much for the fraudulent claim that the state is spending two years on a study to determine MMJ efficacy and safety. The results are already in for the vast majority of doctors.

            Only 9% of “doctors” in this state say they are willing to consider the use of MMJ on a case by case basis. That means that these brave folk are soon to be labeled “dope doctors” because they will be the only ones open to the use of MMJ. No doubt they’ll get back in line when their reputations are ruined and their licenses are threatened. There is no honour among thieves. These aren’t devotees of Hippocrates. These are aristocrats who are willing to see thousands suffer and die for their own profit.

            Let’s not forget that this state of affairs exists because of two people: Representative Carly Melin from Hibbing who wrote the bill and Gov Dayton who was adament that if the bill was any different he’d veto it. Carly Melin openly wrote her bill as dictated by the Minnesota Medical Assoc and the Minnesota law enforcement establishment. These political monsters are responsible for the deaths, agony, and imprisonment of thousands and thousands of us. (Dayton refused to allow chronic pain as a qualifying condition because, he said, that would mean that 35,000 Minnesotans would be eligible for the program. The man knows what he’s doing.)

            At one time the Mayo Clinic was on the forefront of medical care. That was long ago. Mayo now is where the vampires live.

          • Keys Allen

            Originally, the bill Gov Dayton accepted only allowed for the use of edibles and vapor which could only be “administered” in a licensed physicians office. No “treatment” was to be performed any where else (certainly not in the safety of their homes!). That way the medical mafia in this state remains in a position to repeatedly, endlessly, extort exorbitant fees from the most vulnerable people in our state while being the sole arbiters of whether a medicine they disdain is effective and safe. It’s on their decision that MMJ in Mn continues or is ended.

            At the insistence of the Minnesota Medical Assoc, doctors are unable to prescribe MMJ in Mn. They can only say that MMJ MAY be useful. That way they are legally not responsible for anything at all. If MMJ in Mn is found to be effective, doctors will take the praise for their forward thinking and compassion while being able to duck any blame if their decision is to end the program in favor of their useless approaches to so many diseases.

            If anyone’s going to OD on cannabis (get nervous, go to sleep, or over-eat), it’ll happen with edibles or vapor. Patients will be under the care of self-interested physicians who are administering, in its only dangerous forms, a drug they disapprove of and over which they, along with the law enforcement establishment in this state, have ultimate control. The program is designed to fail, or, at least, remain available too so few that the vast majority in need are excluded “for their own safety.” These prohibitionists are either pure evil, or so completely uninformed about a medicine in common use for over 10,000 years that their state licenses should be revoked.

            I obtained a copy of the bill as it passed and the conditions were those described above. But the bill is open-ended. Changes may be made at any time on the recommendation of the MMA or the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association so it’s impossible to know day-to-day how the program will be changed without notification to the citizens of our state. I’d love to hear from MMJ users in Mn if the bill has been changed to allow its use at home or as needed. Also, I’d love to hear about the actual cost involved.
            As far as dispensaries, you’re in luck. There will be one in Woodbury. Here’s a list of all the dispensaries in MN:
            Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Duluth, Eagan, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Plymouth, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Paul, and, last but not least, Woodbury.

            Neurological problems require a specific combination of cannabanoids. The wrong combination can exacerbate the symptoms. (I have PTS, and am clinically depressed. Sativa’s make it worse. Late harvested Indica’s help.) Depending on these twits to know which strain, which part of the plant to use at what stage of growth, or its proper administration would be foolish. They proudly declare they have no information to guide their recommendation. They, by self-declaration, are not qualified for the job they have relegated to themselves. I take them at their word.

            There is a plethora of information on the ‘net, much of it in peer-reviewed journals, that can provide basic info on which cannabanoids will be helpful to you, depending on what kind of damage you’re trying to manage. I wish you all the luck in the world, and would love to hear of your experience with MMJ in MN if you sign up.

          • Donald Maddux

            Aloious Kathcart Alqonquin – When it says “vapor or edible” does that mean your doc can prescribe it and you have to make brownies or use a vaporizer, or is the actual MMJ different? In ready made brownies, and an electronic MMJ joint or cigarette. Or is it just regular MMJ and we must use it in a vaporizer or eat it?

            The article is somewhat vague. Do you know? I have nuerological problems, and regular old fashioned MMJ is all I’m looking for. Also in Woodbury here so I have no idea where any dispensaries will be.

            Thanks in advance.

  • try

    Ill just wait for the indians

  • In Minnesota, good luck finding a doctor or clinic who is even interested in helping you sign up for Medical Marijuana. I’ve asked dozens of doctors and my pain clinic and no one is interested. Since it is supposedly legal for intractable pain in July 2016, who can afford the prices when you’re on disability?! I guess they want you to keep using the harmful pain killers instead of something natural.