Medical Marijuana Signed into Law

Updated: 05/29/2014 6:35 PM
Created: 05/29/2014 6:25 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's been a battle for families who tearfully pleaded at the capitol. All they've wanted was to help their children suffering from debilitating conditions. Now that help is on its way.

With the stroke of his pen, and without much fanfare, Governor Dayton signed medical marijuana into law Thursday.

Minnesota now becomes the 22nd state to allow for medical marijuana. The restricted version will only allow those with certain conditions, like HIV, Crohn's Disease and Epilepsy to get a prescription.   

Once available in July of 2015, medical cannabis - as it's now called - will be available in oil, pill, and vapor forms. After Governor Dayton signed the medical marijuana bill into law, he had a message for the people who pushed so hard to get the law passed.

“You deserve the credit for passing this legislation, your presence and your power of your cases of your loved ones who have suffered, are suffering, is what propelled the legislature to action. So I tell them, it shows that citizens can make a difference,” said Governor Mark Dayton.

So, how are hospitals like mayo clinic and Olmsted Medical Center going to implement the new law? ABC 6 News was told it's too early to fully comment. Each will be reviewing the newly passed law, to see how the new drug will be offered to patients. OMC says that's the focus the next clinical practices committee meeting which researches and recommends clinical-care and treatment policies for the entire organization.

Long story short, we'll learn much more about how the drug will be accessed and administered in the coming months.

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