Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger has addressed the issue of a medical marijuana shortage in the state. Patients reported a shortage at Leafline Labs dispensaries. Dr. Ehlinger stated that each dispensary is responsible for growing, processing, testing, regulating and distributing their products.
Dr. Ehlinger oversees the companies, according to KIMT 3 News. He makes sure the companies stay compliant. According to Ehlinger, the shortage has been fixed and medicine is available now.
Dr. Ehlinger said, “This is something that hasn’t been around for that long so these are still start-up companies even though they’re still several years into it. It’s a complex system and because it’s a regulated product, they have to follow all of the procedures that are required to make sure there’s no diversion and make sure the medicine is quality.”
The growing industry in Minnesota now serves about 11,000 patients. The demand is increasing and companies in the state are doing their best to keep up with the increase in demand as new conditions are added.