New medical marijuana law facing delay, patients may lose coverage July 1

The Department of Health says that medical marijuana patients might not see any benefits when new laws go in place as planned on July 1.

In a release, they tell medical marijuana patients and providers to be prepared for possible delays when the Cannabis Patient Protection Act takes effect July 1.

This law requires DOH to oversee the new medical marijuana patient database, but they say that they are “experiencing some software challenges”, and it may not be ready by July 1.

Under the new law, cards are required if patients and designated providers 21 and older are able to:

  • Purchase products sales-tax free.
  • Purchase up to three times the current legal limit for recreational users.
  • Purchase high-THC infused products.
  • Grow more than four plants in their residence.
  • Have full protection from arrest, prosecution, and legal penalties, although patients will still have an affirmative defense.

Patients and providers can still purchase marijuana from authorized retail stores; however, they can’t take advantage of the benefits until the database is operational.

The department is committed to ensuring patient safety, and it will continue to work on having the database ready as soon as possible.

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