Minnesota Lawmakers Strike Deal to Legalize Medical Cannabis
May 16th, 2014
Policy, Top News
Minnesota lawmakers struck a deal this week to legalize medical cannabis for severely ill children and adults. With competing House and Senate bills, Governor Mark Dayton indicated that he would sign legislation that ended up being closer to the House’s more conservative bill rather than the Senate’s proposed bill. The move is considered to be a win among many cannabis advocates.
Some patients expressed concerns about the new bill’s restrictions, which forbid them from using actual plant material. Instead, patients must use the drug in oil, pill, and vapor form under very strict conditions. The bill permits two manufacturing facilities and eight dispensaries throughout the state, which was more than the House bill proposed, but covered fewer conditions than the Senate’s bill.
According to NORML, 21 U.S. states and Washington D.C. have legalized medical cannabis in the United States. Several additional states have pending bills and ballot measures that could turn into legalized efforts over the coming years. As of February 2014, nearly 30 states were considering reforms to cannabis laws, while Colorado and Washington state have already legalized adult-use cannabis.
These measures are supported by robust support among international health organizations. Currently, more than 60 U.S. and global health groups support granting patients immediate legal access to medical cannabis under a physician’s supervision. Research also continues to support medical cannabis’ properties that may protect the body against many types of major disorders.
In the end, medical cannabis continues to gain ground throughout the United States and Canada. Companies like GW Pharmaceuticals plc [stockquote symbol=”GWPH”] continue to legitimize the medical side of the industry with clinical trials, while even conservative states like Minnesota have adopted favorable policies to provide relief to patients that don’t have many other treatment options.
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