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SF 1641

5th Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 05/07/2014 08:51am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to health; permitting the medical use of cannabis; setting fees;
authorizing rulemaking; providing criminal and civil penalties; establishing
an advisory council; appropriating money;amending Minnesota Statutes
2012, sections 13.3806, by adding a subdivision; 256B.0625, subdivision 13d;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 152.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 13.3806, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 22. new text end

new text begin Medical use of cannabis data. new text end

new text begin Data collected by the commissioner of
health relating to registrations for the medical use of cannabis are classified in section
152.33.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [152.22] DEFINITIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Applicability. new text end

new text begin For purposes of sections 152.22 to 152.45, the terms
defined in this section have the meanings given them.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Allowable amount of cannabis. new text end

new text begin "Allowable amount of cannabis" means:
new text end

new text begin (1) with respect to a qualifying patient, 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis; and
new text end

new text begin (2) with respect to a designated caregiver, for each patient assisted by the designated
caregiver, 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Alternative treatment center. new text end

new text begin "Alternative treatment center" means an
entity registered under section 152.25 that cultivates, acquires, manufactures, possesses,
prepares, packs, stores, delivers, transfers, transports, sells, supplies, or dispenses
cannabis, paraphernalia, or related supplies and educational materials to registered
qualifying patients or registered designated caregivers.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Cannabis. new text end

new text begin "Cannabis" means all parts of the plant of any species of
the genus Cannabis, including all agronomical varieties, whether growing or not; the
seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound,
manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin, but
shall not include the mature stalks of such plant; fiber from such stalks; oil or cake made
from the seeds of such plant; any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture,
or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom); fiber, oil, or
cake; or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Cardholder. new text end

new text begin "Cardholder" means a qualifying patient or a designated
caregiver who has been issued and possesses a valid registry identification card.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Commissioner. new text end

new text begin "Commissioner" means the commissioner of health.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Debilitating medical condition. new text end

new text begin "Debilitating medical condition" means:
new text end

new text begin (1) cancer, glaucoma, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, Tourette's
syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, or the treatment
of those conditions;
new text end

new text begin (2) a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that
produces cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe, intractable pain, as defined in section
152.125, subdivision 1; severe nausea; seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis;
and Crohn's disease;
new text end

new text begin (3) the condition of an HIV-positive patient when the patient's physician believes
the patient could benefit from consumption of cannabis; or
new text end

new text begin (4) any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Designated caregiver. new text end

new text begin "Designated caregiver" means a person who is at
least 21 years old, has not been convicted of a disqualifying felony offense, and has agreed
to assist no more than five qualifying patients with the medical use of cannabis.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8a. new text end

new text begin Disqualifying felony offense. new text end

new text begin "Disqualifying felony offense" means a
violation of a state or federal controlled substance law that is classified as a felony under
Minnesota law, or would be classified as a felony under Minnesota law if committed in
Minnesota, regardless of the sentence imposed, unless the commissioner determines
that the person's conviction was for the medical use of cannabis or assisting with the
medical use of cannabis.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Enclosed, locked facility. new text end

new text begin "Enclosed, locked facility" means a room,
building, or other enclosed area equipped with locks or other security devices that permit
access only by an agent of a medical cannabis organization.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Medical cannabis organization. new text end

new text begin "Medical cannabis organization" means
an alternative treatment center or a safety compliance facility.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Medical use of cannabis. new text end

new text begin "Medical use of cannabis" means
the acquisition, possession, use, administration, preparation, processing, testing,
compounding, converting, delivery, transfer, or transportation of cannabis or drug
paraphernalia, as defined in section 152.01, subdivision 18, relating to the consumption of
cannabis to alleviate a registered qualifying patient's debilitating condition or symptoms
associated with the medical condition.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 12. new text end

new text begin Practitioner. new text end

new text begin "Practitioner" means a Minnesota licensed doctor of
medicine or a Minnesota licensed doctor of osteopathy licensed to practice medicine,
except that if the qualifying patient's debilitating medical condition is post-traumatic stress
disorder, the practitioner must be a Minnesota licensed psychiatrist.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 13. new text end

new text begin Qualifying patient. new text end

new text begin "Qualifying patient" means a person who has been
diagnosed by a practitioner as having a debilitating medical condition.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 14. new text end

new text begin Registration certificate. new text end

new text begin "Registration certificate" means a document
issued by the commissioner that identifies an entity as an alternative treatment center
or a safety compliance facility.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 15. new text end

new text begin Registry identification card. new text end

new text begin "Registry identification card" means a
document issued by the commissioner that identifies a person as a registered qualifying
patient or registered designated caregiver.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 16. new text end

new text begin Safety compliance facility. new text end

new text begin "Safety compliance facility" means an entity
registered under section 152.25 to provide consumer protection services to the public
by means of laboratory sampling and testing for potency and contaminants or public
information and training services regarding:
new text end

new text begin (1) the safe and efficient packaging, labeling, and distribution of cannabis;
new text end

new text begin (2) security and inventory accountability procedures; or
new text end

new text begin (3) scientific and medical research findings related to cannabis.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 17. new text end

new text begin Smoking. new text end

new text begin "Smoking" does not include the ingestion of cannabis through
vaporization.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 18. new text end

new text begin Usable cannabis. new text end

new text begin "Usable cannabis" means any cannabis that is not
growing and does not include the weight of any non-cannabis ingredients combined
with cannabis, including ingredients added to prepare a topical administration, food,
drink, or pill.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 19. new text end

new text begin Written certification. new text end

new text begin "Written certification" means a document signed
and dated by a licensed practitioner stating, that in the practitioner's professional opinion,
the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the use of cannabis to
treat or alleviate the patient's debilitating medical condition. The practitioner must: (1)
specify the qualifying patient's debilitating medical condition in the written certification;
and (2) sign and date the written certification only in the course of a practitioner-patient
relationship after the practitioner has completed a full physical examination of the
qualifying patient and a full assessment of the qualifying patient's medical history and
current medical condition.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [152.23] LIMITATIONS.
new text end

new text begin (a) Sections 152.22 to 152.38 do not permit any person to engage in and do not
prevent the imposition of any civil, criminal, or other penalties for:
new text end

new text begin (1) undertaking any task under the influence of cannabis that would constitute
negligence or professional malpractice;
new text end

new text begin (2) possessing or engaging in the use of cannabis:
new text end

new text begin (i) on a school bus;
new text end

new text begin (ii) on the grounds of any preschool or primary or secondary school; or
new text end

new text begin (iii) in any correctional facility;
new text end

new text begin (3) smoking cannabis;
new text end

new text begin (4) vaporizing cannabis:
new text end

new text begin (i) on any form of public transportation;
new text end

new text begin (ii) where the vapor would be inhaled by a minor child; or
new text end

new text begin (iii) in a public place, including any indoor or outdoor area used by or open to the
general public or a place of employment as defined under section 144.413, subdivision
1b; and
new text end

new text begin (5) operating, navigating, or being in actual physical control of any motor vehicle,
aircraft, train, or motorboat, or working on transportation property, equipment, or facilities
while under the influence of cannabis.
new text end

new text begin (b) Nothing in sections 152.22 to 152.38 requires the medical assistance and
MinnesotaCare programs to reimburse an enrollee or a provider for costs associated with
the medical use of cannabis.
new text end

Sec. 4.

new text begin [152.24] RULEMAKING.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall adopt rules that set forth the procedures and methods for
implementing sections 152.22 to 152.38, including:
new text end

new text begin (1) receiving petitions from the public and requesting guidance from the Medical
Cannabis Advisory Council to add debilitating medical conditions or treatments to the list
of debilitating medical conditions in section 152.22, subdivision 7, and requiring public
notice of a public hearing, and the opportunity to comment upon any petition;
new text end

new text begin (2) establishing the form and content of registration and renewal applications and
forms submitted under sections 152.22 to 152.38;
new text end

new text begin (3) establishing a system to numerically score competing alternative treatment center
applicants that must include analysis of:
new text end

new text begin (i) the suitability of the proposed location and its accessibility for patients;
new text end

new text begin (ii) the character, veracity, background, and relevant experience of principal officers
and board members; and
new text end

new text begin (iii) the business plan proposed by the applicant, including its ability to maintain
an adequate supply of cannabis, plans to ensure safety and security of patrons and the
community, procedures to be used to prevent diversion, and any plan for making cannabis
available to low-income registered qualifying patients;
new text end

new text begin (4) establishing a system to consider applications for and renewals of registry
identification cards;
new text end

new text begin (5) establishing standards, in consultation with law enforcement personnel, for
cannabis organizations to prevent diversion and theft without imposing an undue burden
or compromising the confidentiality of cardholders, including:
new text end

new text begin (i) receiving applications for and renewals of registration certificates;
new text end

new text begin (ii) oversight requirements;
new text end

new text begin (iii) record-keeping requirements;
new text end

new text begin (iv) security requirements, including requirements for protection of each location
by a fully operational security alarm system, facility access controls, perimeter intrusion
detection systems, personnel identification system, and a 24-hour surveillance system that
is accessible by law enforcement and to the commissioner;
new text end

new text begin (v) safety requirements;
new text end

new text begin (vi) requirements and procedures for the safe and accurate packaging and labeling
of cannabis, including a list of all active ingredients, and in compliance with the United
States Poison Prevention Packing Act regarding child resistant packaging and exemptions
for packaging for elderly patients; and
new text end

new text begin (vii) requirements for the safe production and testing of cannabis;
new text end

new text begin (6) requirements for the testing and labeling of cannabis sold by alternative treatment
centers, including a numerical indication of potency based on the ratio of THC and CBD
to the weight of a cannabis product intended for oral consumption;
new text end

new text begin (7) establishing procedures and criteria for suspending or revoking the registration
certificates or registry identification cards of medical cannabis organizations or
cardholders who violate the provisions of sections 152.22 to 152.38 or the rules adopted
under this section;
new text end

new text begin (8) establishing reasonable restrictions relating to signage, marketing, display, and
advertising of cannabis;
new text end

new text begin (9) accepting and investigating complaints;
new text end

new text begin (10) conducting criminal background checks on principal officers and board
members of alternative treatment centers and safety compliance facilities; and
new text end

new text begin (11) establishing a cannabis inventory tracking system.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 5.

new text begin [152.245] ADDITIONS TO THE LIST OF DEBILITATING MEDICAL
CONDITIONS.
new text end

new text begin If the commissioner adds a debilitating disease or medical condition, or its treatment
to the list of debilitating medical conditions in section 152.22, subdivision 7, the
commissioner shall notify in a timely manner the chairs and ranking minority members of
the legislative policy committees having jurisdiction over health and criminal justice 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 Medical Cannabis
Advisory Council. The added disease or condition remains in effect unless the legislature
by law provides otherwise.
new text end

Sec. 6.

new text begin [152.25] REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION OF MEDICAL
CANNABIS ORGANIZATIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Registration. new text end

new text begin Not later than 90 days after receiving an application
for a medical cannabis organization, the commissioner shall register the prospective
medical cannabis organization and issue a registration certificate and a random 20-digit
alphanumeric identification number if all of the following conditions are satisfied:
new text end

new text begin (1) the prospective medical cannabis organization has submitted all of the following:
new text end

new text begin (i) the application fee for an alternative treatment center of $15,000; if the
application is not approved, $14,000 will be refunded;
new text end

new text begin (ii) the application fee for a safety compliance facility of $5,000; if the application
is not approved, $4,000 will be refunded;
new text end

new text begin (iii) an application, including:
new text end

new text begin (A) the legal name of the prospective medical cannabis organization;
new text end

new text begin (B) the physical address of the prospective medical cannabis organization that
indicates that it is not within 1,000 feet of a public or private school existing before the
date of the medical cannabis organization's application;
new text end

new text begin (C) the name, date of birth, and address of each principal officer and board member
of the proposed medical cannabis organization; and
new text end

new text begin (D) any additional information requested by the commissioner;
new text end

new text begin (iv) operating procedures consistent with rules for oversight of the proposed medical
cannabis organization, including procedures to ensure accurate record keeping and
adequate security measures; and
new text end

new text begin (v) if the county, home rule charter or statutory city, or town where the proposed
medical cannabis organization is located has enacted zoning restrictions, a sworn
statement certifying that the proposed medical cannabis organization is in compliance
with the restrictions;
new text end

new text begin (2) criminal background checks have been conducted on principal officers and board
members of the prospective medical cannabis organization;
new text end

new text begin (3) none of the principal officers or board members of the medical cannabis
organization has been convicted of a disqualifying felony offense or has served as a
principal officer or board member for a medical cannabis organization that has had its
registration certificate revoked;
new text end

new text begin (4) none of the principal officers or board members of the medical cannabis
organization is under 21 years of age; and
new text end

new text begin (5) if the proposed medical cannabis organization is an alternative treatment center
applicant, it is located in a county with more than 20,000 permanent residents and:
new text end

new text begin (i) the county does not already contain one alternative treatment center if it has a
population of 300,000 or fewer;
new text end

new text begin (ii) the county does not already contain two alternative treatment centers if the
county has a population of at least 300,000 and fewer than 1,000,000; and
new text end

new text begin (iii) the county does not already contain three alternative treatment centers if the
county has a population of at least 1,000,000.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Additional alternative treatment centers. new text end

new text begin A county that is greater than
5,000 square miles may have two alternative treatment centers, regardless of population.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Commissioner discretion. new text end

new text begin Subject to the limits specified in subdivisions 1
and 2, the commissioner may register alternative treatment centers at the commissioner's
discretion.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Competing applications. new text end

new text begin When competing applications are submitted
for a proposed alternative treatment center within a single county, the commissioner shall
use the impartial and numerically scored competitive bidding process to determine which
application or applications among those competing will be approved.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin All registration certificates expire one year after the date
of issue.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Renewal. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall issue a renewal registration certificate
within ten days of receipt of the prescribed renewal application and renewal fee equivalent
to the application fee required under subdivision 1 from a medical cannabis organization if
its registration certificate is not under suspension or has not been revoked.
new text end

Sec. 7.

new text begin [152.26] REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARDS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Registration of qualifying patients and designated caregivers. new text end

new text begin A
qualifying patient may apply to the commissioner for a registry identification card or for
the renewal of a registry identification card by submitting all of the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) written certification issued by a licensed practitioner within the 90 days
immediately preceding the date of application;
new text end

new text begin (2) the application fee of $140, unless the patient receives Social Security disability
or Supplemental Security Insurance payments, or is enrolled in medical assistance and
then the fee is $26; and
new text end

new text begin (3) an application, including:
new text end

new text begin (i) name, mailing address, and date of birth of the qualifying patient;
new text end

new text begin (ii) name, mailing address, and telephone number of the qualifying patient's
practitioner;
new text end

new text begin (iii) name, mailing address, and date of birth of the qualifying patient's designated
caregiver, if any;
new text end

new text begin (iv) a signed statement from the designated caregiver, if applicable, agreeing to be
the patient's designated caregiver and certifying that if the application is approved the
designated caregiver is not a registered designated caregiver for more than five registered
qualifying patients; and
new text end

new text begin (v) name of the qualifying patient's designated alternative treatment center.
new text end

new text begin The application fees in this subdivision are exempt from section 16A.1285,
subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Issuance. new text end

new text begin (a) Except as provided in clause (2) and subdivision 4, the
commissioner shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) verify the information contained in an application or renewal submitted
according to sections 152.22 to 152.38 and approve or deny an application or renewal
within ten days of receiving a completed application or renewal; and
new text end

new text begin (2) issue a registry identification card to a qualifying patient and the patient's
designated caregiver, if applicable, within five days of approving the application or
renewal. A designated caregiver must have a registry identification card for each of the
caregiver's qualifying patients.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner may not issue a registry identification card to a qualifying
patient who is under the age of 18 unless:
new text end

new text begin (1) the qualifying patient's practitioner has explained the potential risks and benefits
of the medical use of cannabis to the qualifying patient and to the parent, guardian, or
person having legal custody of the qualifying patient;
new text end

new text begin (2) at least two practitioners have issued a written certification within the 90 days
immediately preceding the date of application;
new text end

new text begin (3) the parent, guardian, or person having legal custody consents in writing to allow
the qualifying patient's medical use of cannabis; and
new text end

new text begin (4) a parent, guardian, or person having legal custody of the qualifying patient
consents in writing to:
new text end

new text begin (i) serve as the qualifying patient's designated caregiver; and
new text end

new text begin (ii) control the acquisition of cannabis, the dosage, and the frequency of the medical
use of the cannabis by the qualifying patient.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner must maintain a public list of all registered alternative
treatment centers.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Contents of registry identification cards. new text end

new text begin Registry identification cards for
qualifying patients and designated caregivers must contain all of the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) name and date of birth of the cardholder;
new text end

new text begin (2) a statement of whether the cardholder is a qualifying patient or a designated
caregiver;
new text end

new text begin (3) the date of issuance and expiration date of the registry identification card;
new text end

new text begin (4) a random 20-digit alphanumeric identification number that is unique to the
cardholder and contains at least four numbers and at least four letters;
new text end

new text begin (5) if the cardholder is a designated caregiver, the random identification number of
the registered qualifying patient the designated caregiver is assisting;
new text end

new text begin (6) a photograph taken in full-face view directly facing the camera of the cardholder;
and
new text end

new text begin (7) the name of the qualifying patient's designated alternative treatment center.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Denial of registry identification cards. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner may deny
an application or renewal of a qualifying patient's registry identification card only if the
applicant:
new text end

new text begin (1) does not meet the requirements of section 152.22, subdivision 13;
new text end

new text begin (2) does not provide the information required;
new text end

new text begin (3) previously had a registry identification card revoked for violating sections
152.22 to 152.38; or
new text end

new text begin (4) provides false information.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner may deny an application or renewal of a designated
caregiver's registry identification card only if the applicant:
new text end

new text begin (1) does not meet the requirements of section 152.22, subdivision 8;
new text end

new text begin (2) does not provide the information required;
new text end

new text begin (3) previously had a registry identification card revoked for violating sections
152.22 to 152.38; or
new text end

new text begin (4) provides false information.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner shall give written notice to the qualifying patient of the reason
for denying a registry identification card to the qualifying patient or to the qualifying
patient's designated caregiver.
new text end

new text begin (d) Denial of an application or renewal is considered a final decision of the
commissioner and is subject to judicial review.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin All registry identification cards expire one year after the
date of issue.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Lost registry identification cards. new text end

new text begin If a registry identification card is
lost, the cardholder shall promptly notify the commissioner. Within five days of the
notification, and upon payment of a $25 fee, the commissioner shall issue a new registry
identification card with a new random identification number to the cardholder and, if
the cardholder is a registered qualifying patient, to the registered qualifying patient's
registered designated caregiver, if applicable.
new text end

Sec. 8.

new text begin [152.27] NOTIFICATIONS.
new text end

new text begin (a) A registered qualifying patient shall notify the commissioner within ten days
of any change in the registered qualifying patient's name, mailing address, designated
caregiver, or if the registered qualifying patient ceases to have a debilitating medical
condition, or if the registered qualifying patient's registry identification card has been
lost or stolen.
new text end

new text begin (b) A registered designated caregiver shall notify the commissioner within ten days
of any name change or change in mailing address.
new text end

new text begin (c) A qualifying patient must notify the commissioner of any change in the
qualifying patient's preferred designated alternative treatment center.
new text end

new text begin (d) If a cardholder notifies the commissioner of any changes listed in this section,
but remains eligible under sections 152.22 to 152.38, the commissioner shall issue the
cardholder a new registry identification card with new random 20-digit alphanumeric
identification numbers within ten days of receiving the updated information and a $10
fee. If the person notifying the commissioner is a registered qualifying patient, the
commissioner shall also issue the patient's registered designated caregiver, if any, a new
registry identification card within ten days of receiving the updated information.
new text end

new text begin (e) A practitioner shall notify the commissioner when the practitioner no longer
believes that a registered qualifying patient for whom the practitioner has issued a written
certification:
new text end

new text begin (1) suffers from a debilitating medical condition; or
new text end

new text begin (2) will receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of cannabis.
new text end

new text begin (f) When the registered qualifying patient's certifying practitioner notifies the
commissioner that either the registered qualifying patient has ceased to suffer from a
debilitating medical condition or that the practitioner no longer believes the patient would
receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of cannabis, the card is
void upon notification to the qualifying patient by the commissioner, and the registered
qualifying patient has 15 days to dispose of any cannabis.
new text end

new text begin (g) When a registered qualifying patient ceases to be a registered qualifying patient
or changes the registered designated caregiver, the commissioner shall promptly notify the
designated caregiver that the caregiver's duties and rights under sections 152.22 to 152.38
for the qualifying patient expire three days after the commissioner sends notification.
new text end

new text begin (h) A medical cannabis organization shall notify the commissioner within one
business day of any theft or significant loss of cannabis.
new text end

new text begin (i) The commissioner shall notify all alternative treatment centers when a registry
identification card has been lost by either a qualifying patient or a designated caregiver, or
has been stolen. The notification must be given within five business days of the registry
identification card being reported to the commissioner as lost or stolen.
new text end

Sec. 9.

new text begin [152.28] MEDICAL CANNABIS ORGANIZATION REQUIREMENTS.
new text end

new text begin (a) The operating documents of a medical cannabis organization must include
procedures for the oversight of the medical cannabis organization and procedures to
ensure accurate record keeping.
new text end

new text begin (b) A medical cannabis organization shall implement appropriate security measures
to deter and prevent the theft of cannabis and unauthorized entrance into areas containing
cannabis.
new text end

new text begin (c) All cultivation, harvesting, manufacturing, and packing of cannabis must take
place in an enclosed, locked facility at a physical address provided to the commissioner
during the registration process.
new text end

new text begin (d) A medical cannabis organization shall not share office space with or refer
patients to a practitioner.
new text end

new text begin (e) A medical cannabis organization may not permit any person to consume cannabis
on the property of a medical cannabis organization.
new text end

new text begin (f) Medical cannabis organizations are subject to reasonable inspection by the
commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (g) A medical cannabis organization may not employ or otherwise allow any person
who is under 21 years of age or who has been convicted of a disqualifying felony offense
to be an agent of the medical cannabis organization. A medical cannabis organization shall
request a criminal history background check on each agent before the agent may begin
working with the medical cannabis organization.
new text end

new text begin (h) Before cannabis may be dispensed to a registered qualifying patient or a
registered designated caregiver, a registered alternative treatment center agent must:
new text end

new text begin (1) verify that the registry identification card presented to the alternative treatment
center is valid;
new text end

new text begin (2) verify that the person presenting the card is the person identified on the registry
identification card presented to the alternative treatment center agent; and
new text end

new text begin (3) verify that the alternative treatment center where the card is being presented is
the alternative treatment center designated by the qualifying patient.
new text end

new text begin (i) Information kept or maintained by a medical cannabis organization must identify
cardholders by their registry identification numbers and must not contain names or other
personally identifying information on cardholders.
new text end

Sec. 10.

new text begin [152.29] MEDICAL CANNABIS ORGANIZATION LOCATIONS.
new text end

new text begin In addition to other zoning regulations applicable within a jurisdiction, a county,
home rule charter or statutory city, or town may enact reasonable zoning regulations
that limit the use of land for alternative treatment centers or safety compliance facilities
to specified areas.
new text end

Sec. 11.

new text begin [152.30] NURSING FACILITIES.
new text end

new text begin Nursing facilities licensed under chapter 144A, or boarding care homes licensed
under section 144.50, may adopt reasonable restrictions on the medical use of cannabis by
persons receiving services at the facility. The restrictions may include a provision that
the facility will not store or maintain the patient's supply of cannabis, that the facility is
not responsible for providing the cannabis for qualifying patients, and that cannabis be
consumed only in a place specified by the facility. Nothing contained in this section shall
require the facilities to adopt such restrictions, and no facility shall unreasonably limit a
qualifying patient's access to or medical use of cannabis.
new text end

Sec. 12.

new text begin [152.31] VERIFICATION SYSTEM.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall establish a secure telephone or Web-based verification
system. The verification system must allow law enforcement personnel and registered
medical cannabis organizations to enter a registry identification number and determine
whether the number corresponds with a current, valid registry identification card. The
system may disclose only whether the identification card is valid, the name of the
cardholder, whether the cardholder is a qualifying patient or a designated caregiver, the
name of the qualifying patient's designated alternative treatment center, and the registry
identification number of any affiliated registered qualifying patient.
new text end

Sec. 13.

new text begin [152.32] ANNUAL REPORT.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall report annually to the legislature on the number of
applications for registry identification cards, the number of qualifying patients and
designated caregivers approved, the nature of the debilitating medical conditions of the
qualifying patients, the number of registry identification cards revoked, and the number of
practitioners providing written certification for qualifying patients. The commissioner
must not include identifying information on qualifying patients, designated caregivers, or
practitioners in the report.
new text end

Sec. 14.

new text begin [152.33] DATA PRACTICES.
new text end

new text begin (a) Data in registration applications and supporting data submitted by qualifying
patients, designated caregivers, medical cannabis organizations, and practitioners, are
private data on individuals or nonpublic data as defined in section 13.02.
new text end

new text begin (b) Government data of the commissioner under sections 152.22 to 152.45 may not
be used for any purpose not provided for in those sections and may not be combined or
linked in any manner with any other list or database.
new text end

new text begin (c) Data classified under paragraph (a) may be disclosed as necessary for:
new text end

new text begin (1) the verification of registration certificates and registry identification cards
pursuant to section 152.31;
new text end

new text begin (2) notification to state or local law enforcement of suspected criminal violations of
sections 152.22 to 152.38;
new text end

new text begin (3) notification to state or local law enforcement about falsified or fraudulent
information submitted for purposes of obtaining or renewing a registry identification card;
new text end

new text begin (4) notification to the Board of Medical Practice or the Board of Nursing if there is
reason to believe that a practitioner provided a written certification without completing a
full assessment of the qualifying patient's medical history and current medical condition or
if the commissioner has reason to believe the practitioner otherwise violated the standard
of care for evaluating medical conditions;
new text end

new text begin (5) purposes of complying with chapter 13; and
new text end

new text begin (6) purposes of complying with a request from the legislative auditor or the state
auditor in the performance of official duties.
new text end

new text begin (d) The commissioner may confirm the cardholder's status as a registered qualifying
patient or a registered designated caregiver to a third party with the cardholder's informed
consent.
new text end

Sec. 15.

new text begin [152.34] PROTECTIONS FOR THE MEDICAL USE OF CANNABIS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Presumption. new text end

new text begin (a) There is a presumption that a qualifying patient
or designated caregiver is engaged in the authorized medical use of cannabis pursuant to
sections 152.22 to 152.38. The presumption exists if the qualifying patient or designated
caregiver:
new text end

new text begin (1) is in possession of a registry identification card; and
new text end

new text begin (2) is in possession of an amount of cannabis that does not exceed the allowable
amount of cannabis.
new text end

new text begin (b) The presumption may be rebutted by evidence that conduct related to the medical
use of cannabis was not for the purpose of treating or alleviating the qualifying patient's
debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the qualifying patient's
debilitating medical condition pursuant to sections 152.22 to 152.38.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Qualifying patient and designated caregiver. new text end

new text begin A registered qualifying
patient or registered designated caregiver who possesses a valid registry identification card
is not subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, including any civil penalty,
or denial of any right or privilege, or disciplinary action by a court or occupational or
professional licensing board or bureau for:
new text end

new text begin (1) the registered qualifying patient's medical use of cannabis pursuant to sections
152.22 to 152.38, if the registered qualifying patient does not possess more than the
allowable amount of cannabis;
new text end

new text begin (2) the registered designated caregiver assisting a registered qualifying patient to
whom the caregiver is connected through the commissioner's registration process with
the registered qualifying patient's medical use of cannabis pursuant to sections 152.22 to
152.38, if the registered qualifying patient does not possess more than the allowable
amount of cannabis;
new text end

new text begin (3) reimbursement by a registered qualifying patient to the patient's registered
designated caregiver for direct costs incurred by the registered designated caregiver for
assisting with the registered qualifying patient's medical use of cannabis;
new text end

new text begin (4) transferring cannabis to a safety compliance facility for testing;
new text end

new text begin (5) compensating an alternative treatment center or a safety compliance facility
for goods or services provided; or
new text end

new text begin (6) offering or providing cannabis to a registered qualifying patient or a registered
designated caregiver for a registered qualifying patient's medical use.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Dismissal of charges. new text end

new text begin If a qualifying patient or a designated caregiver who
is not in possession of a registry identification card is arrested for possession of an amount
of cannabis that does not exceed the allowable amount or is charged with this, the patient
or caregiver shall be released from custody and the charges dismissed upon production of
a valid registry identification card issued in the person's name.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Practitioner. new text end

new text begin A practitioner may not be subject to arrest, prosecution,
or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including civil penalty or
disciplinary action by the Board of Medical Practice or the Board of Nursing or by
another business, occupational, or professional licensing board or entity, based solely
on providing written certifications or for otherwise stating that, in the practitioner's
professional opinion, a patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the
medical use of cannabis to treat or alleviate the patient's debilitating medical condition
or symptoms associated with the debilitating medical condition. Nothing in sections
152.22 to 152.38 prevents a professional licensing board from sanctioning a practitioner
for failing to properly evaluate a patient's medical condition or otherwise violating the
standard of care for evaluating medical conditions.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Legal counsel. new text end

new text begin An attorney may not be subject to disciplinary action by the
Minnesota State Bar Association or other professional licensing association for providing
legal assistance to prospective or registered alternative treatment centers, prospective or
registered safety compliance facilities, or others related to activity that is no longer subject
to criminal penalties under state law pursuant to sections 152.22 to 152.38.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Arrest and prosecution prohibited. new text end

new text begin No person may be subject to arrest,
prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including any
civil penalty or disciplinary action by a court or occupational or professional licensing
board or bureau, for:
new text end

new text begin (1) providing or selling cannabis paraphernalia to a cardholder or to a medical
cannabis organization upon presentation of a valid registry identification card or
registration certificate; or
new text end

new text begin (2) being in the presence or vicinity of the medical use of cannabis authorized under
sections 152.22 to 152.38.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Alternative treatment center. new text end

new text begin (a) An alternative treatment center or an
alternative treatment center's agent is not subject to prosecution, search, or inspection,
except by the commissioner pursuant to section 152.28, paragraph (f); seizure; or penalty
in any manner; and may not be denied any right or privilege, including civil penalty or
disciplinary action by a court or business licensing board or entity; for acting pursuant to
sections 152.22 to 152.38, and rules authorized by sections 152.22 to 152.38 to:
new text end

new text begin (1) possess, plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, produce, process,
manufacture, compound, convert, prepare, pack, repack, or store cannabis;
new text end

new text begin (2) possess, produce, store, or transport cannabis paraphernalia;
new text end

new text begin (3) purchase or obtain cannabis seeds from a cardholder or an entity that is registered
to distribute cannabis under the laws of another state;
new text end

new text begin (4) deliver, transfer, or transport cannabis, cannabis paraphernalia, or related supplies
and educational materials to or from other medical cannabis organizations;
new text end

new text begin (5) compensate a safety compliance facility for services or goods provided;
new text end

new text begin (6) purchase or otherwise acquire cannabis from another registered alternative
treatment center; or
new text end

new text begin (7) dispense, supply, or sell, or deliver cannabis, cannabis paraphernalia, or
related supplies and educational materials to registered qualifying patients, to registered
designated caregivers on behalf of registered qualifying patients, or to other alternative
treatment centers.
new text end

new text begin (b) The immunity provided in paragraph (a) does not apply to activities that are
not permitted under sections 152.22 to 152.38, and rules authorized by sections 152.22
to 152.38.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Safety compliance facility. new text end

new text begin (a) A safety compliance facility or a safety
compliance facility agent is not subject to prosecution, search, or inspection, except by the
commissioner pursuant to section 152.28, paragraph (g); seizure; or penalty in any manner;
and may not be denied any right or privilege, including civil penalty or disciplinary action
by a court or business licensing board or entity; for acting pursuant to sections 152.22 to
152.38 and rules authorized by sections 152.22 to 152.38, to provide the following services:
new text end

new text begin (1) acquiring, possessing, or transporting cannabis obtained from registry
identification cardholders or medical cannabis organizations;
new text end

new text begin (2) returning the cannabis to the registry identification cardholder or medical
cannabis organization from whom it was obtained;
new text end

new text begin (3) producing or selling educational materials related to cannabis;
new text end

new text begin (4) producing, possessing, selling, or transporting cannabis paraphernalia and
equipment or materials other than cannabis to medical cannabis organizations or to
cardholders, including lab equipment and packaging materials;
new text end

new text begin (5) testing cannabis, including for potency, pesticides, mold, or contaminants;
new text end

new text begin (6) providing training to cardholders; or
new text end

new text begin (7) receiving compensation for services or goods other than cannabis provided
under sections 152.22 to 152.38.
new text end

new text begin (b) The immunity provided in paragraph (a) does not apply to activities that are
not permitted under sections 152.22 to 152.38, and rules authorized by sections 152.22
to 152.38.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Property rights. new text end

new text begin Any interest in or right to property that is lawfully
possessed, owned, or used in connection with the medical use of cannabis as authorized in
sections 152.22 to 152.38, or acts incidental to such use, is not forfeited under sections
609.531 to 609.5318.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Discrimination prohibited. new text end

new text begin (a) No school or landlord may refuse to
enroll or lease to and may not otherwise penalize a person solely for the person's status
as a cardholder, unless failing to do so would violate federal law or regulations or cause
the school or landlord to lose a monetary or licensing-related benefit under federal law
or regulations.
new text end

new text begin (b) For the purposes of medical care, including organ transplants, a registered
qualifying patient's medical use of cannabis according to sections 152.22 to 152.38 is
considered the equivalent of the authorized use of any other medication used at the
discretion of a physician and does not constitute the use of an illicit substance or otherwise
disqualify a qualifying patient from needed medical care.
new text end

new text begin (c) Unless a failure to do so would violate federal law or regulations or cause an
employer to lose a monetary or licensing-related benefit under federal law or regulations,
an employer may not discriminate against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or
condition of employment, or otherwise penalize a person, if the discrimination is based
upon either of the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) the person's status as a registered qualifying patient or a registered designated
caregiver; or
new text end

new text begin (2) a registered qualifying patient's positive drug test for cannabis components
or metabolites, unless the patient used, possessed, or was impaired by cannabis on the
premises of the place of employment or during the hours of employment.
new text end

new text begin (d) A person shall not be denied custody of or visitation rights or parenting time
with a minor solely for the person's status as a registered qualifying patient or a registered
designated caregiver, and there shall be no presumption of neglect or child endangerment
for conduct allowed under sections 152.22 to 152.38, unless the person's behavior is
such that it creates an unreasonable danger to the safety of the minor as established by
clear and convincing evidence.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Card as probable cause. new text end

new text begin Possession of or application for a registry
identification card by a person entitled to possess or apply for the card does not constitute
probable cause or reasonable suspicion, nor shall it be used to support a search of the
person or property of the person possessing or applying for the registry identification
card, or otherwise subject the person or property of the person to inspection by any
governmental agency.
new text end

Sec. 16.

new text begin [152.36] SUSPENSION AND REVOCATION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Suspension or revocation of registration certificate. new text end

new text begin The
commissioner may by motion or on complaint, after investigation and opportunity
for a public hearing at which the medical cannabis organization has been afforded an
opportunity to be heard, suspend or revoke a registration certificate for multiple negligent
violations or for a serious and knowing violation by the registrant or any of its agents of
sections 152.22 to 152.38, or any rules adopted pursuant to section 152.24.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Notice. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall provide notice of suspension, revocation,
fine, or other sanction, as well as the required notice of the hearing, by mailing the same
in writing to the registered organization at the address on the registration certificate. A
suspension shall not be longer than six months.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Suspensions. new text end

new text begin An alternative medical center may continue to cultivate and
possess cannabis during a suspension, but it may not dispense, transfer, or sell cannabis.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Diversion by medical cannabis organization. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall
immediately revoke the registration certificate of a medical cannabis organization that
violates section 152.37, subdivision 2, and its board members and principal officers may not
serve as board members or principal officers for any other medical cannabis organization.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Diversion by cardholder. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall immediately revoke the
registry identification card of any cardholder who transfers cannabis to a person who is not
allowed to possess cannabis for medical purposes under sections 152.22 to 152.38, and the
cardholder is disqualified from further participation under sections 152.22 to 152.38.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Revocation of registry identification card. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may
revoke the registry identification card of any registered qualifying patient or registered
designated caregiver who knowingly commits a serious violation of this chapter.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Judicial review. new text end

new text begin Revocation is a final decision of the commissioner,
subject to judicial review.
new text end

Sec. 17.

new text begin [152.37] VIOLATIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Failure to provide required notice; civil penalty. new text end

new text begin A registered
qualifying patient, designated caregiver, or registered organization that willfully fails to
provide a notice required by section 152.27 is guilty of a petty misdemeanor, punishable
by a fine of no more than $150.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Intentional diversion; criminal penalty. new text end

new text begin In addition to any other
applicable penalty in law, a medical cannabis organization or an agent of a medical
cannabis organization who intentionally transfers cannabis to a person other than a
qualifying patient, a designated caregiver, or a medical cannabis organization or its
agent is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than two years or
by payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both. A person convicted under this
subdivision may not continue to be affiliated with the medical cannabis organization and
is disqualified from further participation under sections 152.22 to 152.38.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Diversion by cardholder; criminal penalty. new text end

new text begin In addition to any other
applicable penalty in law, a registered qualifying patient or registered designated caregiver
who intentionally sells or otherwise transfers cannabis to a person other than a qualifying
patient or a designated caregiver is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not
more than two years or by payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Transfer of registry identification card; criminal penalty. new text end

new text begin In addition to
any other applicable penalty in law, a qualifying patient or designated caregiver who sells,
transfers, loans, or otherwise gives another person the qualifying patient's or designated
caregiver's registry identification card, or a person who without authority uses another's
card, is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than two
years, or payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin False statement; criminal penalty. new text end

new text begin A person who intentionally makes a
false statement to a law enforcement official about any fact or circumstance relating to
the medical use of cannabis to avoid arrest or prosecution is guilty of a misdemeanor
punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or by payment of a fine of not
more than $1,000, or both. The penalty is in addition to any other penalties that may
apply for making a false statement or for the possession, cultivation, or sale of cannabis
not protected by sections 152.22 to 152.38. If a person convicted of violating this section
is a qualifying patient or a designated caregiver, the person is disqualified from further
participation under sections 152.22 to 152.38.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Submission of false records; criminal penalty. new text end

new text begin A person who knowingly
submits false records or documentation required by the commissioner to certify a medical
cannabis organization under sections 152.22 to 152.38 is guilty of a felony and may
be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than two years, or payment of a fine of not
more than $3,000, or both.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Violation by practitioner; criminal penalty. new text end

new text begin A practitioner who
knowingly refers patients to a medical cannabis organization or to a designated caregiver,
who advertises in a medical cannabis organization, or who issues written certifications
while holding a financial interest in a medical cannabis organization is guilty of a
misdemeanor and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or
payment of a fine of not more than $1,000, or both.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Breach of confidentiality; criminal penalty. new text end

new text begin It is a misdemeanor for any
person, including the commissioner or another state agency or local government, to breach
the confidentiality of information obtained pursuant to sections 152.22 to 152.38.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Other violations; civil penalty. new text end

new text begin A medical cannabis organization shall
be fined up to $1,000 for any violation of sections 152.22 to 152.38, or the regulations
issued pursuant to them, where no penalty has been specified. This penalty is in addition
to any other applicable penalties in law.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Unauthorized use of cannabis; civil penalty. new text end

new text begin A registered qualifying
patient who smokes cannabis is subject to a civil penalty punishable by a fine of no more
than $200.
new text end

Sec. 18.

new text begin [152.38] IMPLEMENTATION.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner must begin issuing registry identification cards and registration
certificates under sections 152.22 to 152.37 by July 1, 2015.
new text end

Sec. 19.

new text begin [152.39] FEES.
new text end

new text begin (a) The fees in sections 152.22 to 152.38 are deposited in the state government
special revenue fund for use by the commissioner to administer sections 152.22 to 152.38.
new text end

new text begin (b) The total fees collected must generate revenues sufficient to implement and
administer sections 152.22 to 152.38, except fee revenue may be offset or supplemented
by private donations.
new text end

new text begin (c) The total amount of revenue from registration certificate application and renewal
fees must be sufficient to implement and administer the provisions of sections 152.22 to
152.38 relating to medical cannabis organizations, including the verification system,
except fee revenue may be offset or supplemented by private donations.
new text end

new text begin (d) The commissioner may establish a sliding scale of patient application and
renewal fees based upon a qualifying patient's household income.
new text end

new text begin (e) The commissioner may accept private donations to reduce application and
renewal fees.
new text end

Sec. 20.

new text begin [152.40] MEDICAL CANNABIS ADVISORY COUNCIL.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Membership. new text end

new text begin The Medical Cannabis Advisory Council consists
of the following nine members:
new text end

new text begin (1) four health care practitioners with experience in treating patients with debilitating
medical conditions, appointed by the commissioner of health;
new text end

new text begin (2) a representative of patients with debilitating medical conditions, appointed by
the commissioner of health;
new text end

new text begin (3) the commissioner of public safety or a designee;
new text end

new text begin (4) the commissioner of health or a designee;
new text end

new text begin (5) the commissioner of human services or a designee; and
new text end

new text begin (6) a chemist or other scientist with professional expertise in evaluating the
properties and qualities of cannabis, appointed by the commissioner of health.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Duties. new text end

new text begin The advisory council shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) make recommendations to the commissioner and the legislature on implementing
sections 152.22 to 152.39;
new text end

new text begin (2) assist the commissioner in reviewing petitions to add medical conditions,
symptoms, or treatments to the list of debilitating medical conditions;
new text end

new text begin (3) provide recommendations on rules to be adopted;
new text end

new text begin (4) investigate and make recommendations related to the effectiveness of alternative
treatment centers, individually and collectively, in serving the needs of qualifying patients;
new text end

new text begin (5) investigate and make recommendations related to the sufficiency of the
regulatory and security safeguards adopted; and
new text end

new text begin (6) investigate and make recommendations related to best practices in other states
that allow for the medical use of cannabis.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Governance. new text end

new text begin The council shall be governed by section 15.059.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Chair; meetings. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of health or the commissioner's
designee shall serve as chair of the council and must convene meetings at least quarterly.
A quorum is not required for council action.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Reports. new text end

new text begin The council must report to the commissioner of health on an
ongoing basis on the actions of the council, and must consult with the commissioner in the
preparation of the report to the legislature under section 152.45.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Staffing. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of health must provide staffing and
administrative support to the council as needed for the council to fulfill its duties.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 21.

new text begin [152.45] ASSESSMENT OF THE MEDICINAL USE OF CANNABIS.
new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of health, in consultation with the Medical Cannabis Advisory
Council, shall assess the impacts of the use of cannabis for medical purposes in Minnesota.
The assessment must address issues and concerns identified by community representatives
with particular emphasis on:
new text end

new text begin (1) program design and implementation, including verification procedures and
provisions to prevent diversion;
new text end

new text begin (2) patient experiences;
new text end

new text begin (3) impact on the health care provider community;
new text end

new text begin (4) impact on substance abuse;
new text end

new text begin (5) access to and quality of product;
new text end

new text begin (6) law enforcement activities and concerns;
new text end

new text begin (7) public awareness and perception; and
new text end

new text begin (8) any unintended consequences.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner of health shall submit a biennial assessment report on the
issues identified in paragraph (a), and any other issue identified by the commissioner or the
advisory council to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees
and divisions with jurisdiction over health and human services, judiciary, and civil law
with the first report due February 15, 2015, and every other February 15th thereafter.
new text end

new text begin (c) As part of the report submitted on February 15, 2015, the commissioner of
health shall include (1) an assessment of experiences of other states with current medical
cannabis programs; (2) a review of existing medical research and literature on the
necessary amounts of product and the effectiveness of different delivery systems; and (3)
development of a method to track practitioners who are providing written certifications
to registered qualifying patients, and the debilitating medical conditions that have been
certified by these practitioners.
new text end

new text begin (d) Each January 15, beginning January 15, 2015, and ending January 15, 2019,
the commissioner of public safety shall report on the costs incurred by the Department
of Public Safety and other law enforcement entities on implementing sections 152.22 to
152.40, and the commissioner of health shall report on the costs incurred by the Department
of Health in implementing sections 152.22 to 152.40. The reports must compare actual
costs to the estimated costs of implementing these sections and must be submitted to the
chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees and divisions with
jurisdiction over health and human services and criminal justice policy and funding.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 256B.0625, subdivision 13d, is amended to
read:


Subd. 13d.

Drug formulary.

(a) The commissioner shall establish a drug
formulary. Its establishment and publication shall not be subject to the requirements of the
Administrative Procedure Act, but the Formulary Committee shall review and comment
on the formulary contents.

(b) The formulary shall not include:

(1) drugs, active pharmaceutical ingredients, or products for which there is no
federal funding;

(2) over-the-counter drugs, except as provided in subdivision 13;

(3) drugs or active pharmaceutical ingredients used for weight loss, except that
medically necessary lipase inhibitors may be covered for a recipient with type II diabetes;

(4) drugs or active pharmaceutical ingredients when used for the treatment of
impotence or erectile dysfunction;

(5) drugs or active pharmaceutical ingredients for which medical value has not
been established; and

(6) drugs from manufacturers who have not signed a rebate agreement with the
Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to section 1927 of title XIX of the
Social Security Actdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (7) cannabis as defined in section 152.22.
new text end

(c) If a single-source drug used by at least two percent of the fee-for-service
medical assistance recipients is removed from the formulary due to the failure of the
manufacturer to sign a rebate agreement with the Department of Health and Human
Services, the commissioner shall notify prescribing practitioners within 30 days of
receiving notification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that a
rebate agreement was not signed.

Sec. 23. new text beginADVISORY COUNCIL INITIAL APPOINTMENTS; INITIAL
MEETING.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner of health shall make initial appointments to the Medical Cannabis
Advisory Council established in Minnesota Statutes, section 152.40, by July 15, 2014, and
shall convene the first meeting of the council by August 1, 2014.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 24.

new text begin APPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin (a) $3,516,000 in fiscal year 2015 is appropriated from the state government special
revenue fund to the commissioner of health to implement Minnesota Statutes, sections
152.22 to 152.45. The base for this appropriation is $2,897,000 in fiscal year 2016 and
$2,357,000 in fiscal year 2017.
new text end

new text begin (b) $117,000 in fiscal year 2015 is appropriated from the state government special
revenue fund to the commissioner of health to conduct the assessment of the medicinal
use of cannabis as described in section 21. The base for this appropriation is $124,000
in fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The commissioner of health shall execute an interagency
agreement to transfer $609,000 in fiscal year 2015 to the commissioner of public safety
for enforcement activities related to Minnesota Statutes, sections 152.22 to 152.45. The
base for this purpose is $609,000 in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
new text end

Sec. 25. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin Sections 1 to 3, 5 to 19, and 22 are effective July 1, 2014.
new text end