Minnesota Passes Medical Marijuana Legislation Bill

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A&A Packaging comments on the recent passing of medical marijuana legislation in Minnesota, and how the state’s strict regulations could hamper the marijuana business before it even begins.

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Regulations are needed in any industry in order to protect the public; however, regulations should never come at the expense of the patients or the doctors passionate about treating these patients.

CBS News reports on the newly enabled medical marijuana legislation in Minnesota and how despite setbacks, such as a prior veto and countless false starts, the state is finally underway for enacting a pro-medical marijuana bill as state law. The newly enacted law, scheduled to take effect as early as July 1, 2015, will be heavily scrutinized, and monitored by state officials. “The timeline is very aggressive,” said Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger to CBS News. Ehlinger’s agency will be overseeing the program in its entirety and said that the program will have “high visibility” because of its controversial nature and that both sides will be watching.

According to CBS News, despite Minnesota’s approval of medical marijuana, there are many aspects of the newly established legislation that may require revision if the state wants to make marijuana a profitable and taxable business. For one, Minnesota’s legislation makes it the only state to ban “smoking” marijuana as a form of ingesting the drug for use. Patients will only be allowed to use the herb as an oil, pill, or as a vapor. Also, only eight approved medical conditions would allow medical patients access to the drug. Adding to the restrictions, Ehlinger and his agency will be enacting a data program, not covered by patient’s insurance policies, which will require more of doctors and patient’s time compared to other states. Bottom line, patients will be paying more out of pocket expenses. Robert Capecchi, deputy director of state policies for Washington D.C., told CBS News, that “these restrictions could limit patient participation, which would have a direct effect on how many patients are able to be certified to access marijuana from the points of distribution.”

A representative from A&A Packaging comments that “strict regulations aside, this legislation in Minnesota is promising because the needs of the patient’s should always come first. Regulations are needed in any industry in order to protect the public; however, regulations should never come at the expense of the patients or the doctors passionate about treating these patients.” A&A Packaging has been on the cusp of the medical marijuana frontier before legalization was signed into law, and has always been a firm advocate of medical patients and dispensaries rights. The A&A Packaging representative states that they support “the newly enacted medical marijuana legislation in Minnesota, and hopes to see other states follow suit.”

A&A Packaging is the industry leader in bringing high quality dispensary packaging, medical marijuana containers, and a variety of C.P.S.C. certified child resistant marijuana packaging containers for all legal and medical marijuana dispensary businesses. They offer products at wholesale prices without compromising the compliance quality and state regulations of legalized states such as Minnesota. To learn more about how A&A Packaging can help your dispensary business, call (888) 315-2453 or visit their website at http://www.marijuanapackaging.com.

For additional information on Minnesota’s marijuana newly approved medical marijuana legislation, visit the article published by CBS News on 5/16/2014: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/05/16/starting-state-medical-pot-program-no-easy-task/.

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