At Medical Marijuana Warehouse, Plants Rise As Launch Nears

MINNESOTA:  Kim Kelsey walked row-by-row through a maze of hundreds of growing marijuana plants, dumbstruck, ecstatic and near tears at the 2-foot-tall plants and what she hopes they will do for her son.

After nearly 20 years of struggling to get Alec’s epilepsy under control, thousands of seizures, countless combinations of pills and weeks of rallying at the Capitol for a bill to legalize medical marijuana, Kelsey focused Tuesday on a smaller number: 56 days. The state’s two medical marijuana manufacturers say they’ll be ready to start distributing medicine come July 1, and Kelsey saw the evidence firsthand.

“I’m speechless,” Kelsey said, standing in front of a row of plants inside Minnesota Medical Solutions’ production facility in Otsego with Kathy Engstrom, another mother hoping to treat her son’s epilepsy. “And I never stop talking.”

For the two mothers, it’s a rapid turnaround since the state’s law passed last spring yet one that couldn’t come soon enough. Kelsey and Engstrom both hope the marijuana oils, vapors and pills available in less than two months will be a miracle, small or large, for their sons.

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