Minnesota’s New Awful MMJ Program Will Cost Patients $500 A Month

Minnesota’s New Awful MMJ Program Will Cost Patients $500 A Month

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Those in favor of reasonable, common sense medical marijuana laws have no fear. As reported by BringMeTheNews, if you’re dying in Minnesota, and you can prove it, then you can get a doctor’s recommendation for cannabis. But first you have to pay a $200 application fee. Then, according to one of eight dispensaries approved for the entire state’s population of 5.5 million, it will cost the average MMJ consumer between $300 and $500 a month to fill their monthly needs.

Also, insurance won’t cover any of it and you can’t buy flower or smoke any of it. Oils and pills will be the only form of cannabis legally available. The extraction practices necessary to manufacture these oils and pills is part of the reason why they are so abundantly expensive.

So, what Minnesota has accomplished, after years of legislating and an untold amount of money and man hours going toward this step, is a much less efficient and affordable system for acquiring meds than the black market already in place.

The full list of health qualifications for medical cannabis treatment in the state are as follows: one year or less of life expectancy, cancer, chronic pain, chronic nausea, severe wasting, severe vomiting, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Tourette syndrome, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), seizures, severe and chronic muscle spasms, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease.

The eight locations of dispensaries are Minneapolis, St. Paul, Eden Praire, Eagen, Hibbing, Moorhead, St. Cloud, and Rochester. The first four locations listed are all in the Twin Cities area, leaving many of the rural regions of the state out in the cold.

So, if you have a very serious illness in Minnesota and you want to drive hundreds of miles to spend hundreds of dollars for weed you can’t smoke, the state MMJ program is just the service for you. Or you could just call a guy.

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