Minnesotans enrolled in the state's medical marijuana program can now buy and consume smokeable cannabis starting this week.
The change, approved by lawmakers last year, marks a significant expansion of Minnesota's medicinal marijuana law, which is relatively restrictive compared to other states.
- Supporters have said the change would provide less expensive options for patients.
How it will work
Dispensaries can now sell dried flowers (buds) and pre-rolls to patients ages 21 and older.
- Patients can buy a 90-day supply after a consultation with a dispensary pharmacist.
Before this month, the only options for medical cannabis consisted in pill, liquid, and oil forms, as well as tinctures, topicals, powders, and lozenges.
- Marijuana remains illegal for recreational adult use. That's unlikely to change during the current legislative session.
What to expect & next steps
Minnesota Department of Health has said it anticipates a surge in applications to the program, which is only open to people with a qualified medical condition, such as certain cancers, Crohn's disease or an end-stage terminal illness.
Some edibles, such as gummies, are slated to be added to the program in August.