A proposal to legalize the medical use, possession and distribution of cannabis has been signed into law by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.
“I pray it will bring to the victims of ravaging illnesses the relief they are hoping for,” says Dayton.
The new law allows those with a qualifying condition – such as cancer, seizure disorders, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, HIV and Chrohn’s disease – to purchase medical cannabis from state-licensed dispensaries. Unfortunately the proposal doesn’t allow for an individual to smoke cannabis. Instead, cannabis extracts – such as oils and tinctures – will be allowed, though unlike other states which have recently passed cannabis extract laws, whole plant extract will be allowed, and not just cannabidiol. Still, the exclusion of smoking is something that advocates of medical cannabis should continue to fight for.
The state plans to begin distributing medical cannabis by July 1st of next year.