The Minnesota Senate is in support of a medical-marijuana bill that bans smoking your medicine. But you can vape it.
You can take pills, consume oil or vaporize marijuana in medical legislation approved by Minnesota’s Senate, you just can’t for some odd reason smoke the stuff. Sorry patients, no pipes, bongs or joints allowed.
The 48-18 vote in favor of SF 1641 would allow up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana to be dispensed to patients at 55 state-authorized treatment centers by next July. The conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV, PTSD, seizures, Tourette’s, Crohn’s, hep C, and severe pain, nausea and spasms.
In the limitations section, it does not “permit any person to engage in and prevent the imposition of any civil or other criminal penalties for: (3) smoking cannabis.”
Some patients feel vaporizers are too difficult to use and expensive than a simple pack of rolling papers or a glass pipe.
The House version of this bill does not allow for dispensing so-called “crude marijuana.” They’re expected to debate the Senate version on Friday. Gov. Mark Dayton most likely would not sign SF 1641 in its current form.
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