Medical marijuana clinics open across Minnesota

Medical marijuana is legal in Minnesota, but for many outstate patients, it’s been out of reach.

For most of the program’s first year, there were only three places in the entire state where patients could pick up a prescription: Minneapolis, Eagan and Rochester. That left vast stretches of the state hours from the nearest clinic.

That’s about to change. By the first of July, there will be more than twice as many medical cannabis clinics in the state than there were on the first of June.

The state’s two cannabis companies are scrambling to meet a deadline to have eight storefronts up and running in every one of Minnesota’s eight congressional districts.

Minnesota’s fourth cannabis clinic opened June 6 in St. Cloud. The fifth opened Saturday in Moorhead. By July 1, three more should be open in Hibbing, Bloomington and St. Paul.

“We’re so proud to offer patients in central Minnesota a convenient and secure location to access this life-changing medicine,” Dr. Gary Starr, chief medical officer for LeafLine Labs, said as the company opened its patient care center in St. Cloud. “We’ve seen a growing awareness of the potential and need for this safe and effective botanical remedy among Minnesota doctors and patients. This is an important next step in ensuring every Minnesotan … enduring unnecessary suffering can receive the professional consultation and scientifically calibrated medicine they need to reclaim their lives.”

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