Minnesota’s medical marijuana program due for sweeping changes, says lawmaker

February 9th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »

Minnesota’s medical marijuana program could undergo sweeping changes under a new House bill that aims to increase patient access and ease restrictions on producers.

The state’s two medical marijuana producers could open twice as many dispensaries under the proposal from state Rep. Heather Edelson, DFL-Edina. Parents of adolescent patients would also be allowed to administer the medicine on school grounds.

Rep. Heather Edelson, DFL-Edina, is hugged by family after being sworn in during the first day of the 2019 session of the Minnesota Legislature at the Capitol on Jan. 8. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

Those are among several changes that the bipartisan bill would make to the state’s medical marijuana law, which was passed in 2014. Edelson said she hopes her proposal will make needed changes to a law that is widely seen as one of the most restrictive in the country; the plant form of marijuana is banned, and only patients with one of 13 severe conditions can use the pills and oils that are legal.

“We have to heavily regulate it, but I just think that we have to improve how it’s working right now because people do want to use it and it’s burdensome to be able to use right now,” said Edelson, who heard about issues with the program while campaigning last fall.

About 15,000 Minnesotans are enrolled in the medical marijuana program. Many patients have said the medicine is too expensive; Minnesota insurance companies do not cover

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