DL-Online: Medical marijuana proves difficult to get, particularly in rural areas

EXCERPT: “Marijuana is slowly creeping onto the scene of Minnesota’s medical industry. Whether people are for it or against it, cannabis has been approved to treat 13 qualifying conditions, from cancer to glaucoma to Alzheimer’s, which was the latest to join the list. 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 for a few reasons, whether it be a lack of understanding or the outright fear of it because it’s classified as a schedule-one substance, which puts it in the same category as heroin and LSD.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2QOULl5