• Patients would have to get a written certification about their need for marijuana from a doctor or other medical provider. Doctors could not write prescriptions for marijuana, and health insurance need not cover patients' marijuana costs.
  • Patients would have to register with the Minnesota Department of Health, and each would pay a $100 fee.
  • Patients could get marijuana from nonprofit organizations, which also would have to register with the Health Department. Each organization also would have to pay a $1,000 fee and could not employ anyone who had ever been convicted of a drug felony.

    If all the rules set out in the measure were followed, those dealing with medical marijuana would be immune to civil and criminal prosecution for their involvement. They could be still convicted under federal drug laws.

    But if those involved violate the provisions set out in the measure, they would be penalized more harshly than current state drug laws outline.

    Last month, the Health Department estimated that 6,100 patients would participate in the program if it were fully up and running.

    Rachel E. Stassen-Berger can be reached at rstassen-berger@pioneerpress.com.