Enrollment in Minnesota's medical marijuana program still low

Fewer than 100 patients made it into Minnesota’s medical marijuana program in the first month.

Medical marijuana became legal in Minnesota on Wednesday, after a monthlong enrollment period and a yearlong rollout. As of Thursday, 192 patients had been certified to participate in the program by a doctor or other health care provider and 98 had paid their fees, completed their paperwork and were eligible to participate in the program.

State officials, and the two companies that have poured millions of dollars into launching the program, say they are not worried about the low initial sign-up numbers.

“I think it’s going well,” said Michelle Larson, director of the Office of Medical Cannabis, standing outside a LeafLine Labs clinic in Eagan on Wednesday; one of eight dispensaries that will open around the state over the next few weeks and months. Watching the first patients taking home their medication, starting at midnight...

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