At medical marijuana warehouse, plants rise as launch nears

MN marijuana growing facility

OTSEGO, Minn. - Kim Kelsey is ready to start getting medical marijuana to treat her son's epilepsy. The state's two manufacturers are almost ready, too.

On Monday, Kim joined the team from Minnesota Medical Solutions to give a guided media tour of the Otsego marijuana grow facility.

The greenhouses there are under such strict security measures that a former U.S. Secret Service agent has been employed with keeping it's facility completely secret and completely manned by cameras and armed guards every minute of every day.

Dr. Kyle Kingsley, the CEO of Minnesota Medical Solutions, says his facility is on schedule to produce the oil based marijuana medicines for the patients authorized to receive them by July 1st, when it is legally official.

The Minnesota Department of Health is confident as well.

"We are well on the path to get the patients the medication they need," MDH Assistant Commissioner Manny Munson-Regala said.

Kelsey said she is ready as well to get these medications to her son, Alec, who suffers from severe epileptic seizures.

No matter what the outcome.

"We are very realistic, yes we want a miracle, who doesn't but if it helps a little or it doesn't at least we can give the state the research and say it did or didn't work and that could help someone else," Kelsey said.

Alec has suffered seizures, she said, for 19 years.

Kelsey says seeing the rows of hundreds of growing plants made her speechless.

Minnesota passed a law last spring legalizing medical marijuana for a handful of serious conditions like epilepsy, cancer, HIV and AIDS. The manufacturers will eventually open eight dispensaries across the state.


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