Well, things are certainly heating up in the U.S. After what had seemed like a rapid halt of the medical marijuana legalization wave, it seems that we are finally picking up momentum once again. Fresh on the heels of Maryland’s medical marijuana legalization, it seems that Minnesota has become the official 22nd state to legalize marijuana. Needless to say, the law comes with its own set of restriction just to show us they mean business. However, patients may finally sigh with relief because medical marijuana will now be treated like a recreational drug. On the other hand, the biggest restriction that this law has to offer is unlike any medical marijuana restriction so far because you are not allowed to smoke marijuana.
Yes, you read that right. Even though the passage of this law was hardly easy and nobody actually thought it will happen, the legislators decided to impose a restriction that forbids patients from buying the herb in its raw, dry form even though that’s exactly how most people consume marijuana. Instead, a number of derivatives will be sold as a substitute for the actual bud. You can expect cannabis oils, pills and extracts. You have to understand that people from Minnesota are not exactly cannabis friendly so this was probably the only way to please both the general public and the patients that desperately needrelief. To an extent, we salute that effort. The cannabis-based products will be examined in laboratories where they will be tested for their purity and potency. July 15th, 2015.
Patients who will qualify for the us of medical marijuana are those suffering from cancer, chronic pain, vomiting, cachexia, wasting syndrome, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Tourette’s syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, seizures, epilepsy, muscle spasms, Chron’s disease and terminal illness. With the introduction of the bill, a registry is being made as well so it can be monitored whether cannabis consumption has health impacts. In addition, a medical cannabis task force is being assembled in order to assess the effectiveness of medical marijuana use.
To set-up the marijuana distribution process, these steps will be crucial:
- - Cannabis will come in from manufacturers located in Minnesota who are approved by the state.
- - Manufacturers will have to apply to the Commissioner of Health for assessment and pricing
- - Manufacturers will have to supply marijuana to patients no later than July 1st, 2015
- - Marijuana will only come in derivative forms such as oils, pills or liquids
- - There will be four distribution facilities per manufacturer
- - Manufacturers will have to work closely with laboratories for testing and pricing