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More Than 100 Doctors Apply To Medical Marijuana Program In Minnesota

Jacob Redmond

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The state of Minnesota last week received applications from 104 doctors seeking to participate in the medical marijuana program.

Minnesota's Office of Medical Cannabis began accepting applications June 1 and released stats Monday for the seven-day period ending June 7.

Minnesota has authorized 54 health practitioners to certify patients for the program and cleared eight patients to pick up cannabis starting July 1.

Doctors don't prescribe marijuana to patients, but certify health diagnoses patients need to receive treatment.

Results of a survey released week found that medical marijuana wasn't popular with Minnesota physicians. About 68 percent of 500 doctors surveyed by the Minnesota Medical Association said they didn't plan to participate in the program, which launched July 1.

An earlier survey found nearly 1,000 Minnesotans who said they'd want to use it to treat potentially qualifying medical conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, severe muscle spasms, epilepsy and glaucoma.

The state picked two sanctioned marijuana growers last year.

Minneapolis-based LeafLine Labs is a group that includes leadership from Minneapolis-based garden center Bachman's. LeafLine plans to grow in Cottage Grove and open its first dispensary in Eagan on July 1.

Edina-based Minnesota Medical Solutions plans to grow in Otsego and sell from dispensaries in Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Moorhead and Rochester, Minn.

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