Smokable medical cannabis is now available to purchase in Minnesota

Smokable medical cannabis is now available to purchase in Minnesota
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Minnesota has legalized medical cannabis in its rawest form — dried flower. As of Tuesday, March 1, all registered medical cannabis patients in Minnesota have been legally able to apply for dried flower purchases. Based on the details of an official news release published by the Minnesota Department of Health (DOH), enrolled patients have been able to make an appointment with a dispensary pharmacist since February 1. Although people aged 21 and older who are a member of the state’s medical cannabis program can now buy dried flower, Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm insists that residents approach the rule change with caution. “Patients need to weigh the risks of smoking medical cannabis, including those related to secondhand smoke and lung health, with any potential benefits,” said Malcom, adding that, “smokable cannabis may not be right for everyone; patients should have a conversation with their health care practitioner for guidance.” Over 30,000 people in Minnesota are enrolled in a medical cannabis program  Statistics published by the Minnesota DOH, the state’s medical cannabis program – which was effectuated following the passing of a 2014 law – has more than 30,000 active patients.  A significant portion of Minnesota’s medical cannabis patients are expected to seek out retail-sold flower in dried form. According to director of the office of medical cannabis with the DOH, Chris Tholkes, flower is sure to help patients save money. Currently, Minnesota’s medical cannabis market features a variety of different and more costly products, including topical solutions and medicinal-grade wax. “The number one complaint we have heard from patients over the years is that the price point really. It’s cheaper because it’s not concentrated like wax pens,” revealed Tholkes, who affirms that patients spend as much as $300 per month on medical cannabis in Minnesota.  With natural bud now being…

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