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Minnesota lawmakers are being asked to allow raw cannabis to become a part of the state’s medical marijuana program.

Representative Heather Edelson says allowing raw products will help the budding medical program cut costs.

Dr-Kyle Kingsley is the C-E-O of Minnesota Medical Solutions – one of the state’s two providers. Kingsley says the high cost is driven by the restrictive nature of Minnesota’s program.

Supporters say smoking or vaporizing the plant is not tied to lung cancer in the same way as tobacco. Amendments to the bill are expected to deal with requiring patients to be 21 – and clarification that people cannot drive under the influence.

The bill was sent to the House Health and Human Services Finance Division. There is no Senate companion.


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