Some provisions of HF 1818, the medical marijuana bill proposed in the Minnesota House of Representatives:“Debilitating medical conditions” for which marijuana can be approved: cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, hepatitis C, Tourette’s syndrome, ALS, post-traumatic stress disorder; diseases that produce wasting syndrome; severe, debilitating pain; severe nausea; seizures; severe and persistent muscle spasms; Crohn’s disease; an HIV-positive patient whose physician believes he or she could benefit; and any other condition approved by the commissioner of health.The amount of marijuana allowed a patient or the patient’s caregiver who is authorized to cultivate marijuana is 2.5 ounces in his or her possession and 12 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility. The caregiver or patient can cultivate marijuana if he or she lives more than 15 miles away from a dispensary.One dispensary can be located in a county with between 20,000 and 300,000 residents, two in a county with between 300,000 and a million residents; and three in a county with more than a million residents. (St. Louis County has a little more than 200,000 residents. In Minnesota, only Hennepin County has more than a million residents.)Intentionally diverting medical marijuana to anyone other than a qualifying patient is a felony punishable by imprisonment of no more than two years or by a fine of not more than $3,000.
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