December 15, 2014
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Medical Marijuana Roundtable: Top Ten Takeaways
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Minnesota recently became the latest state to permit the limited use of medical marijuana for treating certain health conditions. In early October, the Department of Health issued proposed regulations to implement the new law. Legalization affects a broad range of individuals and organizations—hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers that provide marijuana, companies interested in becoming manufacturers or dispensers of medical marijuana, and businesses that employ users. Gray Plant Mooty recently hosted a panel of executives who gave an overview of the new law and the proposed regulations; shared providers’ options for ordering marijuana for their patients; discussed what health care facilities can do to accommodate or restrict the use of medical marijuana; and shared implications of the law for employers.
In case you were unable to join us, here are the top ten takeaways from the event. You may also download a recording of the presentation.
1. While 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam have legalized medical marijuana, each law is different.
2. Minnesota’s law is one of the most restrictive laws in the country.
3. The Department of Health was given very little time to implement the new law.
4. Prior to the passage of the law, Minnesota law enforcement was concerned that the legalization of medical marijuana would be “the camel’s nose under the tent” and serve as a front for larger criminal enterprises.
5. Two manufacturers have now been selected.
6. The medical records of patients enrolled in the medical cannabis program must be provided to the Minnesota Department of Health.
7. There are special employment protections in the Minnesota medical cannabis law.
8. Employees are not entitled to protection if they used, possessed, or were impaired on work premises or during employment hours.
9. While medical cannabis is now legal in Minnesota, it remains illegal under federal law.
10. Federal prosecution remains a possibility.
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