The new law provides legal protections to healthcare facilities and their employees who possess and administer medical cannabis while carrying out their employment duties. This would explicitly allow healthcare professionals to administer medical cannabis to those who may benefit from it, given they are part of the state’s medical cannabis registry, which officially opens on June 1st.
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 amd 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.
Officials from the Minnesota Senate, House of Representatives and governor’s office have agreed upon a medical cannabis legalization proposal that the governor will sign into law, after the House and Senate approved two separate measures earlier this month.
Michael Gordon, Legislative Assistant for Senator Scott Dibble, tell us that the measure will legalize the possession of medical cannabis extracts for use in vaporizers, cannabis edibles, tinctures, etc.. Although smoking cannabis won’t be allowed, several dispensaries will be authorized throughout the state to provide safe access to the medicine for qualified patients.
Minnesota’s full House of Representatives approved a a proposal today with an 86 to 39 vote to establish a medical cannabis study. Shortly after the vote Governor Mark Dayton announced that he would be willing to sign the measure into law if sent to him. The proposal will now head to the state’s Senate.
After the vote in the House, families were seen pumping their fists in celebration, and breaking into a round of hugs, according to the Associated Press.