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Minnesota lawmakers say medical marijuana dispensaries may not open until 2016

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Minnesota Lawmakers passed a medical marijuana bill at the close of the 2014 legislative session last week.

The House version of the bill passed at the last minute Friday, paving the way for eight medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

State lawmakers say the dispensaries will likely be located toward heavily populated areas, which means difficult access for patients in southwest Minnesota.

“Of the 5000 people in Minnesota that they're saying can actual utilize either the pill form or the liquid form, they're going to have to, at least from this area, they're going to have to travel a distance,” said Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen at a press conference in Luverne Monday.

Lawmakers say medical marijuana will likely not be available to purchase until after 2016. Once the dispensaries open, medical marijuana can only be purchased by Minnesota residents.

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