A law legalizing medical cannabis has officially taken effect in Minnesota, allowing patients with certain debilitating conditions to possess, purchase and use the medicine. Moments after the law took effect at midnight, July 1st, the Minnesota Medical Solutions clinic in downtown Minneapolis opened its doors.
The new law allows those with a qualifying medical condition who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess cannabis medicines, and purchase it from a state-licensed dispensary. Qualifying conditions include cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma and seizure disorders. Smoking cannabis isn’t allowed, though patients are authorized to consume the medicine through other methods such as oils and pills.
In total, eight dispensaries are allowed throughout the state, one in each congressional district.
This new law took effect the same day as a law legalizing cannabis in Oregon, and a law legalizing hemp in Connecticut.