ST. PAUL, MN — Just a little over a year since Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton gave final approval to a bill making the state the 22nd in the nation to allow medical marijuana, the first sales to patients are expected to begin Wednesday.
While Minnesota will have the most restrictive medical marijuana program implemented to date, which bans smoking of marijuana and access to raw cannabis plant matter, advocates are pleased that sales are beginning on schedule.
“The door is opening,” says Bob Cappechi of the Marijuana Policy Project. “This will start helping people out. That’s really what this is all about.”
Patients suffering from certain debilitating conditions, including seizures, cancer, glaucoma and HIV/AIDS, will not have access to “traditional” forms of medical…