Minnesota Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Smokable Medical Marijuana

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The governor of Minnesota on Tuesday signed a large-scale bill that includes provisions to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, in part by allowing patients to access smokable cannabis products. Earlier this month, a bicameral conference committee approved the reform, in addition to several other marijuana-related changes, as part of an omnibus health bill. The full House and Senate then took it up and passed it last week—and now Gov. Tim Walz (D) has signed the measure. This comes after the House approved a bill to legalize marijuana for adult use following 12 committee assignments. That legislation stalled in the GOP-controlled Senate, however. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (D), sponsor of the legalization proposal, had predicted that the push for broader reform would lead to compromise policies like medical cannabis expansion. The most significant change to Minnesota’s medical cannabis program will allow adults 21 and older to access smokable marijuana products. That policy must to take effect by March 1, 2022, or earlier if rules are developed and the state’s cannabis commissioner authorizes it. There are few remaining states that have medical cannabis programs in place but where smokable products are still prohibited. The Louisiana House approved a bill to allow access to flower products this session, and it’s pending action on the Senate floor. In Alabama, the governor signed a medical marijuana legalization bill last week that includes a ban on smokable cannabis. Back in Minnesota, dispensaries could also provide a curbside pickup option for patients under the new law. It further removes restrictions for designated caregivers and allows them to tend to six registered patients at once, rather than just one. There was one change attached to the health bill that could be of concern to advocates. It makes it so regulators could remove health conditions that qualify patients…

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