Vaping could be capitol topic for Minnesota medical cannabis program

Updated: September 22, 2019 02:27 PM

After recent health reports concerning the risks of vaping, there is a strong likelihood the issue will be discussed by Minnesota lawmakers when they convene early next year.

The discussion is likely to include the state's medicinal cannabis program, where thousands of Minnesotans use vaping pens as their preferred method of delivery for their medicine. 


Patrick McClellan is a cannabis patient who also lobbies at the Capitol on behalf of the cannabis program.

"There is a lot of concern right now regarding vaping in the medical cannabis program," said McClellan. "We need more information, but many patients need the instantaneous pain relief they get when using the vaping pen."

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State Senator, Melisa Franzen, (DFL) Edina, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the vaping topic will likely be discussed by lawmakers, but doubts it will be eliminated from the cannabis program.

"There could be more oversight and regulations regarding vaping and medicinal cannabis," said Franzen. "I do support something like FDA approval so we make sure people are getting the correct products for their medicine."

The Minnesota Department of Health has stated, right now, there is no evidence the vaping products used in the state's cannabis program have produced any health problems. 

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