Minnesota Senate and House reached a deal on Thursday that will decriminalize medical marijuana, paving the way for Gov. Mark Dayton to sign the bill, which is expected to sail through both chambers today.
The bill is more restrictive, making it more similar to the one proposed by the House than the Senate’s. This saw it garner support from medical associations, lawmakers and enforcement. However, some patients grumbled that the bill doesn’t permit them to use the authentic material-it only allows its use in vapor, pill and oil form-though other residents were happy.
“It’s taking every part of me not to cry right now,” Jeremy Pauling, a parent of 7-year-old daughter who suffers from seizures, told StarTribune. “It’s been a long road but now I can get my daughter the medicine she needs.”
The bill lists the following medical conditions as eligible for treatment with medical marijuana-HIV/AIDS, seizures, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, cancer and other forms of chronic pain. The bill also provides for the Minnesota’s Department of Health to carry out research on the effects of the drug via a patient registry system.
To qualify for the medical marijuana treatment, which will be available from eight distributors in the state, patients must pay a registration fee of $200, or $50 for those who wish to obtain some form of assistance.
“I look forward to signing this bill into law,” said Dayton in a prepared statement. “And I pledge that my administration… will do everything possible to implement it as swiftly and successfully, as is possible.” To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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