Darin Teske, the policy and legal counsel for the medical cannabis office, is charged with producing the new rules. He said he looked first to other states that allow smoking of raw dried cannabis. He also met with advocacy groups and the two providers to assess problems and solutions.
Tholkes said her office will keep an eye on the market once the new rules take effect. “We are probably in a little bit of a position of we don’t know what we don’t know and so will be keeping a very close eye on supply and demand,” she said.
There is no price regulation in state medical marijuana law and she said it may be time to increase the number of providers to increase supply and price competition.
Teske described that amount as being “middle of the road” among states.
The comment period is open until Nov. 8 and Teske said a final draft should be ready by early December for review by the health commissioner, the governor’s office and other agencies involved with formal rulemaking.
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Still, it took three legislative sessions to amend the program , despite bipartisan legislative support. Schroeder said a key endorsement came from the two companies licensed to produce marijuana products: Green Goods and Leafline Labs .
The change, which could be finalized early next year, was contained in the Legislature’s omnibus health and human services bill approved in June. It reverses one of the provisions that made Minnesota’s original law one of the most-restrictive medical marijuana programs in the U.S.
The Minnesota Department of Health does have the authority to make other changes without legislative approval. The commissioner has added medical conditions using a process that allows residents or the Office of Medical Cannabis itself to propose additions.
No, a bill that would have legalized the adult use of cannabis, House File 600 or HF600, passed the Minnesota House of Representatives, but not the Minnesota Senate. It would need to pass both the House and Senate and be signed by the Governor in order to become law. See a summary of legislative changes to medical cannabis laws made in 2021 (PDF)
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The addition of the use of the raw cannabis plant is expected to bring down the cost for patients in the state program and make the product more accessible.
DFL House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler of Golden Valley, who sponsored the full-legalization effort, praised the medical cannabis change.
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Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, spoke against the medical cannabis provision in the House, saying the move was dishonest and went through the backdoor.
“What we ended up with is basically a designer drug for the rich. This was only for people that could afford it,” he said. “Most people like me, who are on disability, were forced then to purchase some from the manufacturers and then products that have been smuggled in from other states that we purchase on the street.”
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