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Alzheimer’s added to Minnesota’s medical marijuana list

Alzheimer’s added to Minnesota’s medical marijuana list

December 3, 2018: The Minnesota Department of Health is adding the degenerative neurological disorder to its cannabis program, which includes cancer pain, epileptic seizures, PTSD and autism. Research is limited, but findings suggest that cannabis inhibits the formation of proteins linked to memory loss and dementia.

 

Group Petitions For Medical Pot Program To Include Opioid Addiction

July 30, 2018: A medical marijuana advocate group is petitioning the state government to expand Minnesota’s medical pot program to include those who struggle with opioid addiction.

What are the current medical cannabis challenges in Minnesota?

June 6, 2018: Minnesota has one of the country’s most restrictive medical marijuana programs, and MMJ businesses in the state have experienced significant financial, management and legal issues.

Interstate Smuggling? How the Vireo Incident Is Testing State Cannabis Laws | Leafly

May 4, 2018: One company, two states, felony charges: How a simple inventory problem blew up when cannabis oil—allegedly—crossed state lines.

Minnesota’s marijuana moment: Why to legalize, by someone who doesn’t inhale

February 17, 2018: With decriminalization advancing coast to coast, legalized pot appears on its way, and Minnesota will light up the debate this year. Change is overdue.

Citing lab delays, LeafLine to temporarily scale back operations

November 28, 2017: Managing chronic pain and post traumatic stress disorder became a lot easier for Kellie Germann when medical cannabis became available to her here in Minnesota two years ago, though a recent shortage is now threatening her relatively newfound relief.

PTSD patients eligible for medical marijuana starting today

August 1, 2017: Beginning today, patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder will be allowed to purchase medical marijuana in Minnesota.

‘Overnight, Life Changed Completely’: How Medical Marijuana Is Making A Difference For A Minn. Family

July 10, 2017: A Twin Cities couple is counting down the days until their daughter can get life-changing medicine.

Our View: State should move faster to grow cannabis program

Our View: State should move faster to grow cannabis program

June 13, 2017: Minnesota’s medical cannabis program is nearing the two-year mark, and those who know best how it’s working — administrators, health care providers, patient advocates and most importantly, patients — say

It’s Not Easy Being Minnesota Green

It’s Not Easy Being Minnesota Green

March 31, 2017: The little cannabis industry on the prairie is pioneering a new model for medical marijuana. But its future is up in the air, given its high costs and restricted access.

Minnesota opens medical marijuana up to pain patients

Minnesota opens medical marijuana up to pain patients

August 5, 2016: ST. PAUL — Judy Bjerke Severson wants to be normal — visit friends and family, go to the grocery store or even sleep in her own bed — but she

Patients can now buy Minnesota medical marijuana

Patients can now buy Minnesota medical marijuana

August 1, 2016: Monday brings a sliver of hope to her and other residents that have incurable pain: They can finally buy Minnesota medical marijuana.

Political Notebook: Time to expand medical pot program?

Political Notebook: Time to expand medical pot program?

July 5, 2016: Efforts are underway to expand the state’s medical marijuana program a year after it launched.

A year later, high cost a barrier for medical marijuana

A year later, high cost a barrier for medical marijuana

July 1, 2016: A year after medical marijuana became legal in Minnesota, program supporters are hoping a surge of patients seeking treatment for intractable pain can help bring down the drug’s high cost.

On 4/20, fight for legalized marijuana comes to Minnesota Capitol

On 4/20, fight for legalized marijuana comes to Minnesota Capitol

April 20, 2016: Advocates pushing for looser recreational marijuana laws

Minneapolis set to decriminalize pot possession

Minneapolis set to decriminalize pot possession | City Pages

February 26, 2016: Walking around Minneapolis with pot in your pocket is still a crime punishable by hundreds of dollars in fines and jail time. …

City Council Mulls Relaxing Mpls. Marijuana Ordinance

City Council Mulls Relaxing Mpls. Marijuana Ordinance

February 23, 2016: The Minneapolis city council will decide this week whether possessing small amounts of marijuana will be considered a crime. Under the current city ordinance, someone caught with amount of marijuana less than 42.5 grams could be convicted of a misdemeanor.

If you get medical marijuana, it’ll cost you

If you get medical marijuana, it’ll cost you

January 28, 2016: Once a month, Jody Shimpach gets in her car and makes the 40-mile drive to Rochester to buy medical marijuana to help treat her husband Michael’s multiple sclerosis.

“This decision will save lives”: Minnesota expand cannabis use to pain patients

“This decision will save lives”: Minnesota expand cannabis use to pain patients

December 3, 2015: After 15 years of constant pain from nerve damage sustained in a biking accident that paralyzed him “from the armpits down,” David Lambert said an expansion of the medical cannabis

Minnesota OKs using medical pot for pain

Minnesota OKs using medical pot for pain

December 2, 2015: The Minnesota Health Department says it will expand the legal use of medical marijuana to cover people with intractable pain.

Marijuana conference

Marijuana conference

November 25, 2015: Kari Etrheim and six of her colleagues from Olmsted County Public Health were among the dozens who attended Minnesota’s inaugural medicinal marijuana conference Tuesday at the Mayo Civic Center.

JM grad bringing ‘reefer gladness’ to Rochester

JM grad bringing ‘reefer gladness’ to Rochester

November 21, 2015: Payton Curry has been accused of being the black sheep of the family so often that he’s embraced the term and flipped it around.

Rochester to host state’s first conference on medicinal marijuana

Rochester to host state’s first conference on medicinal marijuana

October 27, 2015: Mayo Civic Center in Rochester is scheduled to host Minnesota’s first-ever conference on medical cannabis next month.

Our View: What do you know about medical marijuana?

Our View: What do you know about medical marijuana?

July 13, 2015: It’s a question most Minnesotans never imagined asking their doctor: Is marijuana the right medication for me?

Group helps patients access marijuana

Group helps patients access marijuana

July 9, 2015: Although the fight for medical marijuana legalization in Minnesota is over, the battle to get the drug into the hands of qualifying patients has only begun.

Nonprofit To Offer Support For Medical Marijuana Patients

Nonprofit To Offer Support For Medical Marijuana Patients

June 30, 2015: A Minnesota nonprofit has formed a Facebook group for patients seeking assistance in qualifying for the new medical marijuana program.

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