Several Minnesotans say they are struggling to get their prescribed medicine that they consider life-changing.
LeafLine Labs is one of two medical marijuana companies in the state. Some of its patients have to wait nearly a week to get their prescriptions filled.
Kellie Germin uses medical marijuana to treat her post traumatic stress disorder.
“As hard as it is for me to go without it, you know, I think about the patients who are far worse than me,” Germin said. “It means being functional, active, being able to be part of social groups, sleeping, eating.”
Her prescription is through LeafLine Labs. She said when she calls to get a refill she typically picks it up on the same day.
But when Germin called Tuesday morning, she said she was told it would take six days.
“Anxiety, a lot of anxiety,” she said. “Oh my gosh, what am I going to do? Oh my gosh, what are the other patients going to do?”
Her story echoed several others in a Facebook group for medical marijuana patients in Minnesota, all complaining about prescription delays at LeafLine Labs.
Dr. Andrew Bachman, CEO and chief medical officer for LeafLine Labs, said the state mandates that medicine samples be submitted to a third-party lab for testing. [Read more at CBS Minnesota]