Minnesota Senate Committee Votes to Legalize Medical Cannabis

A proposal to legalize medical cannabis has been approved by Minnesota’s Senate Health, Human Services and Housingmedcannabis Committee. The committee approved the measure with a 7 to 3 vote.

If approved into law, Senate Bill 1641 would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis to those with a qualifying condition – such as cancer, post traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain – who receive a recommendation from a physician. Dispensaries will also be legalized in order to provide safe access points for patients to obtain their medicine.

According to polling released last year, 65% of those in Minnesota support the move to legalize cannabis for medical purposes, with just 27% opposed.

Last month a companion bill to Senate Bill 1641, House Bill 1818, was approved by the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee.


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