From medical to recreational: Lessons from Minnesota, Colorado in marijuana debate

Editor’s note: This is the third in a 3-part series exploring lessons learned on medical marijuana from other states.

MINNEAPOLIS — In Minnesota, opponents of medical marijuana have generally gone quiet since a law permitting the drugs was passed four years ago.

“I think that a lot of the fears have been dissipated,” said Dr. Jay Westwater, CEO of Minnesota Medical Solutions.

He runs one of only two companies allowed to legally grow, process and sell marijuana products.

But there are echoes in Minnesota of concerns raised in Utah: Does approval of medical marijuana create political momentum that could push a more at