Marijuana Policy Project on how to improve the medical cannabis program for everyone

Categories: Marijuana
Coleen Danger
Earlier this month, high-ranking folks from the health department staffers gave an all-day presentation about pot. They urged the public to take a look at the first draft of rules governing the program, as well as the application for growers, and be honest.

In response, the DC-based Marijuana Policy Project, whose lobbyists played a key role in getting legislation passed here, submitted a six-page critique. The goal, writes Robert Capecchi, a deputy director, should be to avoid regulating the growers out of business while offering protections for patients and the facilities that produce the medicine.

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Below we've highlighted some of the group's major points of contention -- for your own comments, of course.

The rules are too broad and in some cases, excessive

Growers are expected to provide details about day-to-day operations that they can't possibly know in advance, because patients won't be registered until next summer. Things like the "types and quantities of medical cannabis products" and the "quantity of waste material to be generated."

What's more, the growers are expected to keep records for seven years, which is more than twice as long as Minnesota labor laws require of other businesses. MPP suggests that, if the hope is ensuring no cannabis get diverted, one year would be a sufficient window for hanging on to paperwork.

As for inspections, having the commissioner of public health poke his head around is one thing, but the cops are quite another: "Patients may understandably be uncomfortable with law enforcement looking over their shoulders, especially in light of law enforcement's opposition" to the program from the start.


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