Milestones & Accomplishments
September 2017: Sean White joined Sensible Minnesota’s Board of Directors to work on organizational fundraising strategy, event planning and organization, as well as volunteer coordination and public policy
July 2017: Sensible Minnesota volunteers petitioned for the addition of Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, autism, and dementia as qualifying conditions for medical cannabis.
June 2017: Erin Chase joined Sensible Minnesota’s board of directors. She works primarily in outreach and training discussing the intersectionality of cannabis law reform and other criminal justice issues.
June 2017: Sensible Minnesota hosts its first annual Minnesota Cannabis Summit sponsored by Minnesota Medical Solutions, Leafline Labs, Dodson Pain Consultants, and UFCW 1189.
March 2017: Sensible Minnesota’s Board of Directors elected a new Executive Committee: Maren Schroeder, President; Brandan Borgos, Vice President; Bonnie Padilla, Treasurer; and Jared Poe, Secretary.
February 2017: Angela Brown joined Sensible Minnesota’s Advisory Board. Angela’s son, Trey, is a patient and medical cannabis refugee. Their family had to leave Minnesota so Trey would have safe and legal access to medical cannabis for his needs.
January 2017: Bonnie Padilla joined Sensible Minnesota’s Board of Directors. Bonnie brings a wealth of experience in finance to Sensible Minnesota.
January 2017: Sensible Minnesota established it’s Advisory Board with members Kurtis Hanna, co-founder of Sensible Minnesota, and Sarah Wellington, a long time volunteer.
January 2017: Sensible Minnesota is granted 501(c)3 status by the Internal Revenue Service.
December 2016: Minnesota announced the addition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a qualifying condition beginning August 1, 2017. Sensible Minnesota board members Maren Schroeder and Jared Poe researched and prepared the PTSD petition.
November 2016: Heather Tidd joined Sensible Minnesota’s board of directors. She has been an advocate in the cannabis community since her 12-year-old son joined the program in July of 2015 for Tourette’s Syndrome. Heather works primarily with the organization’s patient program.
August 2016: Jared Poe joined Sensible Minnesota’s Board of Directors. Working toward drug policy reformation is one of Jared’s many interests, and he is an advocate for the recognition of the effects of the intersectionalities of cannabis/drug prohibition with economic, ethnic, and social disparities.
August 2016: Sensible Minnesota supported two petitions for expansion of medical cannabis in Minnesota, including drafting, research and providing letters of support. A press conference was held where patients and advocates gathered to encourage approval of the petitions.
April 2016: Sensible Minnesota worked with several other pro-cannabis groups to organize speakers for a rally. The speakers discussed the harms of prohibition, the relative safety of cannabis, their experiences with medical cannabis, human rights as they relate to cannabis, and the harms of prohibition.
March 2016: Sensible Minnesota prepared and disseminated sample platform resolutions for both the DFL and GOP caucuses. A resolution supporting medical went on to approval by the GOP, and a resolution supporting adult use gained approval by the DFL party.
January 2016: Sensible Minnesota worked to block a proposed rule change that would have created too long of a timeline for petitioning new conditions and delivery methods. The effort was a success, and MDH adopted rules in concert with our recommendations.
December 2015: Following months of listening sessions and a marathon public hearing, Minnesota Commissioner of Health chose to add intractable pain as a qualifying condition. Sensible Minnesota provided outreach and testimony in support of approval.
November 2015: Sensible Minnesota held Minnesota’s first ever professional medical cannabis conference, Medical Cannabis: An Essential Primer for Minnesota, in Rochester. The day focused on educating patients and health care workers on medical cannabis.
October 2015: Sensible Minnesota was a vendor for a Battle of the Bands hosted by Rochester Musicsource in Rochester, Minnesota. Volunteers engaged in meaningful dialogue with attendees about the relative safety of cannabis and educated the crowd about cannabis prohibition.
September 2015: Sensible Minnesota found and alerted Minnesota Department of Health and the Office of Medical Cannabis to major website security flaws in their patient intake forms which were correctly shortly thereafter.
August 2016: Nicholas Jeno joined the Board of Directors. He works in primarily in volunteer recruitment and organization. Nicholas is particularly interested in the recreational legalization of cannabis and protecting individual freedoms.
June 2015: Sensible Minnesota participated in Art Blitz, a gathering of community members within or related to the Rochester arts community, where volunteers reached community members for open dialogue about the state of cannabis policy.
June 2015: Sensible Minnesota started it’s one-to-one advocate program. Advocates find patient resources, provide information to patients for their medical providers, and support for patients struggling with their condition and the process of a legal patient.
April 2015: Sensible Minnesota “went public” by launching its website and social media accounts. The organization began publishing and sharing information about cannabis policy, and hit the ground running with advocating sensible policies.
February 2015: Sensible Minnesota was founded by Brandan Borgos, Kurtis Hanna, Andrew Johnmeyer, and Maren Schroeder. This team set out to educate the community on cannabis, act as watchdogs for cannabis consumers, and advocate for victims of prohibition.