Last updated on: 4/10/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Minnesota Department of Public Health Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Legislation passed during the 2014 Minnesota legislative session created a new process allowing seriously ill Minnesotans to use medical cannabis to treat certain conditions. Medical cannabis will not be available via a pharmacy through a prescription from a doctor. Instead, patients with one of the qualifying conditions… will be eligible to enroll in a patient registry maintained by the State. Patients on this registry will be able to get medical cannabis directly from one of eight dispensaries set up around the state.”

“General Information about the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program,” health.state.mn.us (accessed Apr. 10, 2019)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Minnesota’s public health system is known as one of the best in the nation. It is built upon a strong partnership between the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), local public health agencies, tribal governments and a range of other organizations.”

“Minnesota Department of Health Overview,” health.state.mn.us (accessed Apr. 10, 2019)

Mission:

“Protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.”

“MDH Mission, Vision, Values and Goals,” health.state.mn.us (accessed Apr. 10, 2019)

Other:
Has about 1,500 employees and an annual budget of approximately $500 million in state, federal, and fee-based funds.
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