Minnesota is officially the 22nd state in the US to legalize medical marijuana.
There is one very unusual restriction in Minnesota’s new medical marijuana law: patients are prohibited from smoking or even possessing the dried flower form of marijuana, which is the most basic and common form of marijuana. Marijuana oils, edibles, and other concentrated forms of marijuana will be the only legal method for patients to consume their medicine.
State regulators have said that they will license only two marijuana cultivators in the entire state and just eight dispensaries. For patients to be eligible for medical marijuana they must meet one or more of the following eight qualifying conditions: cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Tourette ’s syndrome, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, seizures, severe muscle spasms, or Crohn’s Disease.
Because the law states that patients are unable to smoke or even possess dried marijuana, the dispensaries will provide a variety of oils, pills, edibles, and other types of extracts for patients.
Medical marijuana will be available to those with qualifying conditions by July 1, 2015.