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HF 120

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 01/19/2017 06:44pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to health; removing the commissioner of health's authority to add qualifying
medical conditions or delivery forms of medical cannabis; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2016, sections 152.22, subdivisions 6, 14; 152.27, subdivision 2; repealing
Laws 2014, chapter 311, section 20, as amended.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 152.22, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Medical cannabis.

(a) "Medical cannabis" means any species of the genus
cannabis plant, or any mixture or preparation of them, including whole plant extracts and
resins, and is delivered in the form of:

(1) liquid, including, but not limited to, oil;

(2) pill;new text begin or
new text end

(3) vaporized delivery method with use of liquid or oil but which does not require the
use of dried leaves or plant formdeleted text begin; ordeleted text endnew text begin.
new text end

deleted text begin (4) any other method, excluding smoking, approved by the commissioner.
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(b) This definition includes any part of the genus cannabis plant prior to being processed
into a form allowed under paragraph (a), that is possessed by a person while that person is
engaged in employment duties necessary to carry out a requirement under sections 152.22
to 152.37 for a registered manufacturer or a laboratory under contract with a registered
manufacturer.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 152.22, subdivision 14, is amended to read:


Subd. 14.

Qualifying medical condition.

"Qualifying medical condition" means a
diagnosis of any of the following conditions:

(1) cancer, if the underlying condition or treatment produces one or more of the following:

(i) severe or chronic pain;

(ii) nausea or severe vomiting; or

(iii) cachexia or severe wasting;

(2) glaucoma;

(3) human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome;

(4) Tourette's syndrome;

(5) amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;

(6) seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;

(7) severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple
sclerosis;

(8) inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease;new text begin or
new text end

(9) terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of under one year, if the illness or
its treatment produces one or more of the following:

(i) severe or chronic pain;

(ii) nausea or severe vomiting; or

(iii) cachexia or severe wastingdeleted text begin; ordeleted text endnew text begin.
new text end

deleted text begin (10) any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the commissioner.
deleted text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 152.27, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Commissioner duties.

deleted text begin(a)deleted text end The commissioner shall:

(1) give notice of the program to health care practitioners in the state who are eligible
to serve as health care practitioners and explain the purposes and requirements of the
program;

(2) allow each health care practitioner who meets or agrees to meet the program's
requirements and who requests to participate, to be included in the registry program to
collect data for the patient registry;

(3) provide explanatory information and assistance to each health care practitioner in
understanding the nature of therapeutic use of medical cannabis within program requirements;

(4) create and provide a certification to be used by a health care practitioner for the
practitioner to certify whether a patient has been diagnosed with a qualifying medical
condition and include in the certification an option for the practitioner to certify whether
the patient, in the health care practitioner's medical opinion, is developmentally or physically
disabled and, as a result of that disability, the patient is unable to self-administer medication
or acquire medical cannabis from a distribution facility;

(5) supervise the participation of the health care practitioner in conducting patient
treatment and health records reporting in a manner that ensures stringent security and
record-keeping requirements and that prevents the unauthorized release of private data on
individuals as defined by section 13.02;

(6) develop safety criteria for patients with a qualifying medical condition as a
requirement of the patient's participation in the program, to prevent the patient from
undertaking any task under the influence of medical cannabis that would constitute negligence
or professional malpractice on the part of the patient; and

(7) conduct research and studies based on data from health records submitted to the
registry program and submit reports on intermediate or final research results to the legislature
and major scientific journals. The commissioner may contract with a third party to complete
the requirements of this clause. Any reports submitted must comply with section 152.28,
subdivision 2
.

deleted text begin (b) If the commissioner wishes to add a delivery method under section 152.22, subdivision
6, or a qualifying medical condition under section 152.22, subdivision 14, the commissioner
must notify the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative policy committees
having jurisdiction over health and public safety of the addition and the reasons for its
addition, including any written comments received by the commissioner from the public
and any guidance received from the task force on medical cannabis research, by January
15 of the year in which the commissioner wishes to make the change. The change shall be
effective on August 1 of that year, unless the legislature by law provides otherwise.
deleted text end

Sec. 4. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Laws 2014, chapter 311, section 20, as amended by Laws 2015, chapter 74, section 11,
new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end

APPENDIX

Repealed Minnesota Session Laws: 17-1262

Laws 2014, chapter 311, section 20, as amended by Laws 2015, chapter 74, section 11

Sec. 11.

Laws 2014, chapter 311, section 20, is amended to read:


Sec. 20. INTRACTABLE PAIN.

The commissioner of health shall consider the addition of intractable pain, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 152.125, subdivision 1, to the list of qualifying medical conditions under Minnesota Statutes, section 152.22, subdivision 14, prior to the consideration of any other new qualifying medical conditions. The commissioner shall report findings on the need for adding intractable pain to the list of qualifying medical conditions to the task force established under Minnesota Statutes, section 152.36, no later than January 1, 2016.