From July 1, 2015, Minnesota will lift the ban on medical marijuana products and allow the users to consume liquid and pill extracts of marijuana plants. But, it will come with restrictions. Only people suffering from serious ailments such as Epilepsy, HIV AIDS and Cancer will be able to take advantage of the new law, which also restricts sales of medical marijuana to only 8 dispensaries within the state.
Minnesota does not allow the use of marijuana as smokable cannabis. The activists, who have been waging a long battle in favor of medical marijuana, are not very upset. They are still hopeful. They consider it as the first step forward and hope that restrictions will be eased soon.
Bob Capecchi of the Marijuana Policy Project, which took the lead to legalize pot for medical use, said, "The door is opening. This will start helping people out. That’s really what this is all about." The medical marijuana advocates in Minnesota had a great success contrary to expectations when they got the approval in the form of a legislation to legalize medical marijuana in the state.
While smoking of pot will remain illegal, pills, oils and vapors will be available to patients with the above mentioned ailments. The marijuana advocates have urged the state to allow more than eight dispensaries, add more manufacturers (currently, only two are allowed), add patients who suffer from chronic pain to the list, and lift the ban on smoking the drug.