Medical marijuana patients in the state of Minnesota are one step closer to being able to access marijuana….in limited forms. The State Department of Health announced on Monday that they have chosen the two entities that will be the sole providers of medical cannabis for the state’s medical program.
The state medical program is limiting cannabis to concentrates and edibles. The two providers that were chosen will be responsible for making the products. No raw cannabis will be allowed in the program.
The two providers chosen are Leafline Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions. Leafline will have it’s home base in Cottage Grove, Minnesota and there will be a dispensary in Eagan, hopefully opening in July 2015. Leafline also plans to open dispensaries in St. Paul, St. Cloud and Hibbing down the road. Minnesota Medical Solutions will be based on Ostego and will have dispensaries in Minneapolis, Maple Grove and Moorehead.
There were ten other providers who also applied to be a part of the states program.
There has been a lot of criticism of the state’s medical program. Activists in the state think the program is too restrictive and doesn’t allow for people with severe pain to access the program. Doctors in the state are also required to be part of an ongoing study which will determine if medical marijuana works or not.
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