St. Paul, Minnesota — Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton says he’s “relieved” Republicans in the Iowa House were unable to gain enough support for a bill that might have given some Iowans access to Minnesota’s medical cannabis program, but Dayton is not completely closing the door on the concept.
Dayton, who is a Democrat, says the top Republican in the Iowa legislature contacted the Republican speaker of Minnesota’s House of Representatives last week to open discussions.
Dayton says Iowans might be prosecuted in federal court for buying cannabis oil, pills and vapors from Minnesota and transporting the drugs across state lines. Minnesota policymakers legalized production of cannabis as treatment for a variety of medical conditions in 2014. So far, only two of the eight dispensing sites have opened due to the limited number of Minnesota patients who’ve qualified for the program.