Legal but scarce: Medical marijuana proves difficult to get,…

While the substance is legal medically, it’s still extremely difficult for people with qualifying conditions, particularly those in rural areas like Becker County, to get a prescription for medical cannabis. There are very few doctors in the area who are certified to write a prescription for it and, even if a patient is able to find one of the few, the nearest dispensary to get the product is 45 miles away, in Moorhead.

Joseph (Jay) Westwater, M.D., J.D. and CEO of Minnesota Medical Solutions, the medical marijuana dispensary in Moorhead, Minn., says he believes that many doctors are apprehensive about cannabis more at