MINNESOTA: At the stroke of midnight, medical marijuana was legal in Minnesota.
Moments later, the state’s first cannabis clinic welcomed its first patients.
“We’ve been waiting a long time for this,” said Kim Kelsey, holding up a small white pill bottle containing a week’s supply of cannabis pills outside. The Minnesota Medical Solutions clinic in downtown Minneapolis opened its doors just after midnight July 1 for a handful of clients, like Kelsey, who didn’t want to wait even a few more hours to start treatment.
“We decided we weren’t going to make them an extra nine hours,” said MinnMed CEO Dr. Kyle Kingsley. “It’s really an honor to serve the first three patients in Minnesota.”