Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Program Needs More Money
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Minnesota’s medical marijuana program needs more money to help cover costs associated with being one of the most restrictive laws in the country.
The state’s Office of Medical Cannabis is seeking $500,000 over the next two years as lawmakers put together a $40 billion-plus budget. Top regulators say that money would help pay unexpected costs of a massive patient database and routine inspections without possibly increasing medicine costs for patients.
Minnesota is one of 28 states with a medical marijuana law on the books. The 2014 law bans the plant form, offers pills and oils only to patients with 10 severe conditions and requires secondary lab testing.
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