Mar 1, 2022 - News

Minnesota's medicinal cannabis program now includes smokeable marijuana

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Minnesotans enrolled in the state's medical marijuana program can buy smokeable cannabis as of Tuesday.

Why it matters: The change, approved by lawmakers last year, marks a significant expansion of Minnesota's medicinal marijuana law, which is fairly restrictive compared to other states.

  • Supporters have said the change would provide less expensive options for patients.

How it works: Dispensaries can now sell dried flower and pre-rolls to patients ages 21 and older.

  • Patients can buy a 90-day supply after a consultation with a dispensary pharmacist.

Of note: Prior to this month, medical cannabis was only offered in pill, liquid and oil forms, as well as tinctures, topicals, powders and lozenges.

  • Marijuana remains illegal for recreational adult use. That's unlikely to change during the current legislative session.

What to expect: Minnesota Department of Health has said it anticipates a surge in applications to the program, which is only open to people with a qualified medical condition, such as certain cancers, Crohn's disease or an end-stage terminal illness.

What's next: Some edibles, such as gummies, are slated to be added to the program in August.

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