Medical marijuana

Marijuana has created quite the controversy throughout the United States recently, with protests for and against the legalization of “weed”, the terrifying statistics of imprisoned people due to possession of the plant, and the ever growing recreational usage among young people. The use and possession of this narcotic is illegal in 48% of the United States, but it has been decriminalized in four states. The plant has also been legalized in many states for recreational, as well as medicinal, use. Minnesota is one of the states to recently legalize marijuana for medicinal use.

Minnesota’s strict policies are being re-visioned in hopes of being lessmedical-marijuana2-630.jpg
restrictive. During the last half of 2015, the medical marijuana bill went under slight revision. One provision requires the health department to consider adding severe pain as a qualifying condition by January 2016 instead of July 2016, which is when the law originally suggested. Though individuals with severe chronic pain can’t access the the medical marijuana immediately, they can access it six months earlier than before.

Rapid implementation of a medical marijuana program has been underway in Minnesota. In July of 2015, the program opened their first patient registry.images.jpg Due to the revision, patients suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, ferreted syndrome, ALS, and more may have access to medical marijuana with an annual payment of $200.

There are now several locations for medical marijuana dispensaries supporting patients in pain. Dispensaries can be found throughout Minnesota including cities such as: Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Duluth, Eagan, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Plymouth, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Paul, and Woodbury.

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