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A new medical cannabis clinic is opening in Bloomington, Minn. on Monday. The MinnMed dispensary on West 84th Street is one of 8 opening across the state by July 1.
Minnesota has one of the most restrictive medical marijuana laws in the country, only allowing patients with certain ailments to be treated with pills or liquids. Starting Aug. 1, intractable pain will be added to the list of qualifying conditions, likely causing the number of patients to grow dramatically.
Minnesota has two approved providers of medical cannabis: MinnMed and LeafLine Labs. MinnMed has patient centers in Minneapolis, Rochester, Moorhead and Bloomington. LeafLine has patient centers in Eagan and St. Cloud, with clinics in St. Paul and Hibbing set to open in July.
About 90 percent of Minnesota's medical cannabis patients reported "mild to significant" benefits during the first three months of the program, according to a Minnesota Department of Health survey. Only about 20 percent of patients reported side effects - the most serious being an increase in seizures in four patients. READ MORE - Minnesota Department of Health medical cannabis patient survey results