Minnesota House-Passed Bill To Allow Whole-Plant Medical Marijuana Killed By Senate

Minnesota House-Passed Bill To Allow Whole-Plant Medical Marijuana Killed By Senate

In a lackluster finish Sunday night to Minnesota’s scheduled legislative session, Senate Republicans voted to kill provision the House passed a day earlier that would have allowed medical marijuana patients to purchase raw, whole-plant forms of cannabis. The vote came as lawmakers left piles of unfinished business on the table ahead of an end-of-session deadline on Monday. Legislative leaders indicated they’ll be back for a special session June 12, but Senate Majority Leader Paul E. Gazelka (R) said  that lawmakers will likely focus on bills “just for COVID-19.” In other words, patients and medical marijuana advocates will probably have to wait until this fall for another chance to overturn the state’s ban on marijuana flower. “Next year!” tweeted state Sen. Karla Bigham (DFL). “We got you!” Next year! We got you! @ScottDibble @MelisaFranzen https://t.co/jJ68yyDnQX — Sen. Karla Bigham (@karlabigham) May 18, 2020 Since Minnesota’s medical marijuana program launched in 2015, the state has banned sales of raw cannabis flower, allowing access to only extracts in the form of liquids, pills and vaporized oils. While supporters of the whole-plant ban say it’s a necessary step to prevent smoking, medical marijuana advocates argue the policy has driven up costs while limiting treatment options. An amendment to a health care omnibus bill approved by the House of Representatives on Saturday would have removed the prohibition on whole plant marijuana and specifically allowed for “raw cannabis.” But around noon on Sunday, the Senate voted to table that version of the omnibus bill after pushback…

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