A bicameral conference committee approved the policy change as part of a broader omnibus bill related to healthcare. House members then approved the report Monday with a vote of 77 to 57. The Senate is expected to approve the same report later today, the last day of the 2021 legislative session, which if approved would then send the bill on to the governor.
The legislation also allows patients to access medical cannabis via curbside pickup, as well as increases the number of patients a single caregiver may serve from one to six.
The Minnesota House of Representatives approved a stand-alone piece of legislation to legalize adult use marijuana and regulate retail sales earlier this month, which did not receive any further consideration in the Senate.