After a long push to legalize medical marijuana, Minnesota's work has begun to put the medicine into patients' hands.
The state has created an Office of Medical Cannabis and hired its director. But the program still needs to build technological systems to register patients, hire a doctor to manage research and, crucially, find two manufacturers to cultivate and distribute the drug.
The Legislature passed a bill last session that gave Minnesota a medical marijuana law that's among the strictest in the nation, raising concern about attracting manufacturers. Patients are expected to be able to get medical marijuana starting July 1, 2015.
Manny Munson-Regala, an assistant commissioner in the state's department of health leading the program's buildup, says he's hopeful the program will find manufacturers in order to meet that deadline.
Most Popular Today
- 1.Retail & Restaurants
Fareway Foods Files Building Permit For Second Sioux Falls Location
- 2.Retail & Restaurants
South SF Walmart Faces Another Lawsuit
CenturyLink Service Restored Monday Afternoon
- 4.Livestock, Agriculture
Bird Flu Found In 4 More NW Iowa Poultry Farms
- 5.Retail & Restaurants
Sioux Falls Southside Walmart Sets Target Opening Date
California Medical Technology Company Relocating To SD
- 7.Retail & Restaurants, Summit League Tournament
Summit League Tournament Has $11 Million Impact
- 8.Your Money Matters
Backyard Chickens Could Be Threatened By Bird Flu
- 9.Gas & Energy, Pipeline
SD PUC Delays Hearing On Keystone XL Pipeline Construction
- 10.Livestock, Agriculture
State Extends Emergency Declaration For Bird Flu Response