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UPDATE: Following MN lawmakers, Gov. Dayton to sign medical marijuana bill

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UPDATE 
 
Minnesota lawmakers in both the House and Senate have passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The bill now heads to Governor Mark Dayton's desk. The Governor has already said he will sign it. For details on this legislation, see the original story below.

ORIGINAL
Today in St. Paul the House and Senate are expected to vote on a bill that's a compromise for Minnesota lawmakers.

If the bill goes through, Governor Dayton has already said he'll sign it.
  

Minnesotans looking to treat their illnesses with cannabis will first have to have their illness certified by a doctor.

The medical conditions considered include cancer (associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting), glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Tourette's Syndrome, ALS, seizures (including those characteristic of epilepsy), muscle spasms (including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis), Crohn's disease and terminal illnesses under certain circumstances- 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. 

If a patient's application is approved, they'll go through a registration process costing $200 a year or $50 a year for those participating in assistance programs like Social Security disability, Supplemental Security Insurance payments or enrolled in medical assistance or MinnesotaCare.

They will be able to receive cannabis from one of the eight distribution facilities set up in the state, run by two manufacturing facilities.

The cannabis will be distributed in liquid, pill or a vaporized delivery method that doesn't  involve plant material like dry leaves, but instead uses plant extracts.

 Valley News Live talked to a legislative assistant today who told us the distribution centers will be based on geographic need, but it's unknown where those locations will be right now. They have to go through an application process.
 If all bodies pass the bill, medical cannabis will be available to registered patients July 1, 2015.  




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