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Growing support to allow raw cannabis, smoking in Minnesota's medical program

Bills moving through the Minnesota Legislature would allow patients 21 and older to access raw cannabis


David Joles, Star Tribune

Workers harvest cannabis flowers/buds in 2019 at LeafLine Labs in Cottage Grove, MN. Advocates say banning cannabis in its most natural form - the raw flower - has driven up costs of the program.

Kim Kelsey said her 29-year-old son Alec has gone from struggling to "thriving" since he started treating his life-threatening seizures with medical cannabis oils.

But over the past five years, the family has sunk $65,000 in cash into his daily treatments, a financial burden that hits even harder as the family business shut down last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It wasn't easy before, but it certainly isn't easy now," she said.


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