Minnesota wants to hear from potential medical cannabis patients
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - The Minnesota Department of Health is surveying residents to gauge patient demand for medical marijuana.
The survey can be accessed online until Feb. 5. The state asks that only Minnesotans with potentially qualifying conditions participate in the study. Those conditions include cancer, glaucoma and HIV/AIDS.
The information generated by the voluntary survey will be kept confidential, according to DHS. It will be used to fine tune the state's new medical cannabis program.
The department expects to begin providing medical cannabis products to patients by July 1. Rochester will be home to one of eight distribution centers in the state.
The state's new medical marijuana law is the strictest of its kind in the U.S. It prohibits smoking of the drug and requires the plant be manufactured in pill or oil form.