The medical benefits of marijuana are being recognized more and more everyday. States that seemed light years away from having a medical marijuana program just a decade ago are now fully implemented, with legislation being introduced all the time in states that don't have a medical marijuana law on the books yet. In Minnesota, hospitals have even received approval to administer medical marijuana in certain forms to eligible patients. Per Marijuana Business Daily:
Minnesota will let hospitals dispense medical cannabis in pill and liquid forms after the governor signed off on a change to the state's MMJ law, but it's unlikely they'll actually purchase marijuana directly from the state's two producers.
The original bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state didn't include hospitals as places where MMJ can be distributed, leaving some healthcare facilities wondering how they would handle patients who use medical cannabis, according to Minnesota Public Radio. The amendment passed by the Legislature and approved by Gov. Mark Dayton answers that question.
Patients will need to be on the Minnesota medical cannabis patient registry, scheduled to launch next week, and hospitals will be allowed to restrict use and storage of MMJ, according to KDAL news.
Minnesota has one of the most restrictive medical marijuana programs in the country, and the program definitely needs some expanding and improving. With that being said, this is a great development. Even in some of the most progressive medical marijuana states hospitals still don't permit any use of medical marijuana. Hopefully when things go well in Minnesota, this new policy shift will spread to hospitals across every medical marijuana state.