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Legislation in Minnesota was just passed in 2014. The program has not been implemented by the Department of Health yet. March 2015 is the earliest that patients will be able to apply to participate in the medical marijuana program. July 2015 is the earliest a medical marijuana dispensary is expected to open.

Patients will not be permitted to smoke any form of medical marijuana. Patients will not be permitted to posses the dried flowers of the plant. Medical marijuana will only be available in liquid and oil forms. Vaporizing cannabis oil will be permitted.

To qualify for the medical marijuana program, a patient will have to obtain and submit to the department, a written physician’s certification stating that the patient suffers from a qualifying, debilitating medical condition. Below is a list of the qualifying medical conditions:

  1. Cancer
  2. HIV/AIDS
  3. Glaucoma
  4. Crohn’s disease
  5. Seizures (including epilepsy)
  6. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 
  7. Severe and persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis)
  8. Tourette syndrome
  9. Terminal illness, with a life expectancy of less than one year, if the illness or treatment produces severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting

Qualifying patients will be required to submit an application, and a written state licensed physician’s certification to receive a medical marijuana identification card. It is expected to cost each patient a $200 registration fee each year.

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