Governor Dayton has named his 16 appointees to a task force that will work on a plan to implement the use of medical marijuana in Minnesota. The members come from law enforcement, health care, substance abuse and other backgrounds. Four lawmakers will join the group, as will the commissioners of three state government agencies. The 23 member Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research was developed by the 2014 Minnesota Legislature as part of its bill that authorized the limited use of medical marijuana. It’s expected the state’s program will be ready for its first patients on July 1st next year. The only member of the cannabis task force from southern Minnesota is Jeremy Pauling of Montevideo, who has county and city support for building an indoor growing facility to provide marijuana extract. The Minnesota Office of Medical Cannabis has until August 1st to determine if the state can rely on the federal government to supply the marijuana it needs. If not, it will be grown and manufactured in Minnesota.
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