Medicinal cannabis arriving in St. Cloud

Early this week the Minnesota Department of Health announced that the city of St. Cloud will become host to one out of the eight medicinal cannabis dispensaries located in Minnesota.
On May 29, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton passed the bipartisan law into affect, allowing citizens to receive medical cannabis if they are ill or in serious pain. The restrictions are more rigorous than other states that have medicinal cannabis laws in effect particularly because smoking cannabis is not allowed. In order to stay within regulations, dispensaries will take the marijuana plant that is grown and synthesize it into other forms such as pill form, liquid or vapor.
With Minnesota becoming the 22 state to legalize medical cannabis, many citizens who have found medicinal cannabis to be a relief from pains and suffering due to illness unimaginable by others will be able to seek help within the law.
In a statement made by Governor Mark Dayton, “I pray it will bring to the victims of ravaging illnesses the relief they are hoping for.”
With the city of St. Cloud gaining medicinal cannabis dispensaries, citizens who suffer from illnesses that meet the laws requirements to obtain medicinal cannabis will be able to do just that.
St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis says that St. Cloud will see the first dispensary up and ready to go between July 1 2015 and July 1 2016. The locations of the dispensaries are still to be determined.
Kleis said, “Medicinal marijuana is used as a drug that’s medically prescribed that will help a lot of folks that are suffering in pain, and watching it and hearing it from the legislature that made the determination that it is available, I think it will help a lot of people in that respect. I think it’s a positive and certainly the legislature allowed that and for St. Cloud it allows it to be here other than in other parts of the state.”
With new dispensaries soon on the way, questions about security have risen however Kleis as well as local law enforcement have assessed the situation and have found no reason to worry.
Kleis said, “Our law enforcement looked at the implication and we don’t consider it or see it being any type of safety or security issue, no different then there would be any other type of pharmaceutical dispensary that we have for any other number of drugs that are considered illegal if not with a prescription.”
St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said in an interview with the St. Cloud Times, ”Naturally, given the product, I have my concerns as a police officer with what that may attract.”
Requirements to obtain a medicinal cannabis prescription were discussed by the legislature and will be regulated by the Minnesota Department of Health. Citizens seeking to obtain a prescription must have symptoms that qualify under the law in affect and must be verified by a primary physician. After receiving certification from a primary health physician, you must send an application to the Minnesota Department of Health. Once accepted, the citizen is entered into a registry constructed by the department.
Conditions acceptable for medical cannabis provided by the Minnesota Department of Health:
• Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting;
• Glaucoma;
• Tourette’s Syndrome;
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS);
• Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
• Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis;
• Crohn’s Disease; and
• Terminal illness, with a life expectancy of less than one year, if the illness or treatment produces severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting.

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