The specifics allow for the use of medical marijuana in oil, pill, and vapor form – using plant material is restricted under the bill. Some say this compromised provision does not go far enough and may be keeping patients away from the only way of effectively treating their conditions – those who need to combust or vaporize cannabis for relief. The stipulations are no different from the limitations found in theHouse bill passed last Friday. Governor Mark Dayton signaled that he will sign the bill, and at a news conference Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis and sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, offered commendation (via AP):

People in Minnesota who are suffering today who have no good options or options at all can have the hope of gaining some relief

While the bill provides for cancer, glaucoma, and AIDS as qualifying conditions, there is still consideration being given for “intractable pain” to be added to the list and praise on all levels is still measured. Opposition to the bill voiced conjecture that legalizing medical marijuana is just a step closer to legalized recreational cannabis and would pose a greater danger for children to interact with the medication. Minnesota plans to provide only certified patients with cannabis from one of eight distribution centers – the design also calls for two manufacturing sites. This passage speaks to the struggle many Minnesota families have had against lawmakers for access to the medicine but there are still the disappointed