Flower, or bud, is included in Minnesota’s medical marijuana program, under a bill Governor Tim Walz signed into law Tuesday which backers say could significantly reduce costs for patients.  When the House passed the measure last week in the closing hours of the regular session,  Prinsburg Republican Tim Miller warned:

“For the people that are listening and want legalized marijuana, you’re basically getting it right now through the back door — and I believe through the front door here pretty soon.”

Minneapolis Democrat Aisha Gomez responded:

“This is not about legalization.  This is about patients.  This is about people who are suffering.  This is about people who are in pain.”

But a comment by House Majority Ryan Winkler might well confirm the strategy that Republican Representative Miller warned of:

“It’s a significant accomplishment and a movement not only towards legalization but for patients to be able to access cannabis for health reasons.”