Medical cannabis patients in Minnesota will be able to purchase flower products, including rolls, starting next month. According to the state health department, patients have been able to obtain pre-approval from dispensary pharmacists to access the products since February 1 and will be able to purchase up to 90 days of smokeable products.
in a press releaseMinnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said smokeless medical cannabis products “may not be appropriate for everyone.” [and] Patients should have a conversation with their healthcare practitioner for guidance. ”
“Patients need to evaluate the risks of smoking medical cannabis, including those related to secondhand smoke and lung health, with any potential benefits.” – Malcolm in a statement
The state announced a program change last May, after lawmakers approved the reforms.
the Ministry of Health She said she expects patient enrollment to double or triple, based on the experiences of other countries that have added flower to their medical cannabis program. In an October 2021 survey by the Office of Medical Cannabis, 71% of registered medical cannabis patients said they were “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to try smokeable cannabis when it became available.
The agency notes that it is smokeable medical cannabis The products may be used on private property, but not in public places where it is illegal to smoke or vaporize tobacco and medicinal cannabis cannot be smoked or fumigated where a minor could be exposed to secondhand smoke or vapor.
in December , Agency announced Soaked candy such as chewing gum and chewing gum will be allowed under the state’s medical cannabis program in August. The Ministry of Health has indicated that it is still on track to launch products by August 1.
Before the changes, Minnesota patients can only access pills, steam, liquids, topicals, powder mixtures, and orally soluble products, such as emulsions.