Minnesota became the 22nd state in addition to the District of Columbia with a medical marijuana bill Thursday, with the signature of Gov. Mark Dayton (D). The new law will allow the distribution and consumption of marijuana for medical purposes, with one major caveat: You can’t smoke it, and you can’t possess the plant in its natural form.
The compromise measure lost the support of many medical marijuana
advocates, who say consumption of the plant is the most natural and
effective method for managing particular conditions. The law will allow
the plant to be distributed only in oil, vapor, or pill forms, after the
oil is extracted from the plant through state-licensed manufacturers.
While the oil has been particularly value for children suffering from
seizures, marijuana is most frequently consumed in its leaf form,
particularly because patients can control dosing by taking one puff at a
time until they feel relief. Those who utilize this marijuana oil
cannot control its potency, and many have reported feeling “zombie-like”
after consuming it.