Minnesota’s Cannabis Program Due For Sweeping Changes, Says Lawmaker

The two medical cannabis producers could open twice as many dispensaries

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.

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.

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