Medical Marijuana

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State Seeking Labs To Test Marijuana Grown For Medicinal Use

Regulators of Minnesota’s new medical cannabis program are seeking to certify laboratories to test the marijuana cultivated for medicinal use. The Department of Health advertised Tuesday for specialized labs to test for “content, contamination and consistency” of the drug. Applications are due next month and labs should be chosen by mid-April.

02/17/2015

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No Quick Decision On Medical Marijuana For Pain

State officials will hold off for another year on deciding whether to expand Minnesota’s new medical marijuana program to residents suffering chronic pain. The move could someday extend the potentially potent medicine to tens of thousands more Minnesota residents and dramatically increase business for the state’s two medical marijuana manufacturers.

02/11/2015

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Health Department Surveying Prospective Medical Marijuana Patients

Starting July 1, medical marijuana will become legal in Minnesota. Before that happens, the Minnesota Department of Health wants to know more about the people who are going to use it, and time is running out.

02/05/2015

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ND Bill Would Make Medical Marijuana Legal In The State

A freshman lawmaker from Fargo is pushing for the legalization of medicinal marijuana in North Dakota.

02/04/2015

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ND Lawmakers To Mull Bipartisan Medical Pot Measure

A freshman lawmaker from Fargo is pushing for the legalization of medicinal marijuana in North Dakota.

02/01/2015

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Health Department Continues Survey On Medical Marijuana

Potential users of medical marijuana have about one week to participate in a survey that could help the state get a picture of the likely demand for the drug. The Minnesota Department of Health has been conducting a voluntary survey of prospective medical marijuana patients since Jan. 20. The survey closes Friday.

01/31/2015

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City Of Bloomington To Vote On Blocking Medical Marijuana

Bloomington will consider becoming the latest city to block sales and production of medical marijuana. The city council is scheduled to vote on a one-year moratorium Monday.

01/26/2015

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Survey May Paint Clearer Picture Of Medical Marijuana Demand

State health officials want to know how many Minnesotans want medical marijuana and where they live. The state has struggled to answer those questions ahead of the new program’s launch in July. The Minnesota Department of Health thinks they’ll have about 5,000 patients but other estimates put it at 15,000 or more.

01/20/2015

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Dayton Won’t Rule Out Medical Marijuana Changes

It’ll be six months before Minnesota’s medical marijuana program goes live, but Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s willing to consider pleas to expand the list of qualifying health conditions.

12/29/2014

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Mother Fights Charges Of Giving Injured Son Marijuana

A mother charged with giving her son medical marijuana months before it becomes legal in Minnesota wants her case to be dismissed. Angela Brown went back to court Wednesday. She is facing jail time for treating her 15-year-old son with cannabis oil after he suffered a traumatic brain injury in a baseball game.

12/17/2014

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Patients, Families May Pay Up To $500 A Month For Marijuana

Minnesota patients seeking medical marijuana come July 1 can expect monthly bills of $100 to $500 for their treatment, according to estimates from the state’s manufacturers.

12/16/2014

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Medical Marijuana Group Petitions Against Charges

A group advocating medical marijuana is delivering a petition to the Lac qui Parle County attorney asking him to drop charges against a woman charged after giving her son cannabis oil for his pain.

12/16/2014

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Federal Spending Bill Has Bonus For Medical Marijuana

A small section inside the 1,600-page funding bill that would keep the federal government open is comforting Minnesota officials worried about a crackdown on the state’s medical marijuana program.

12/12/2014

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12/04/2014

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Parents Face Long Drives For Medical Marijuana

Some Minnesota parents are concerned about long drives to buy medical marijuana for their ailing children. The state’s two medical cannabis manufacturers tentatively plan to open dispensaries in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Eagan, Maple Grove, St. Cloud, Hibbing, Rochester and Moorhead. Those locations put hundreds of miles between some greater Minnesota residents and medication for themselves or their kids.

12/03/2014

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12/02/2014

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MDH Chooses LeafLine Labs, Minnesota Medical Solutions To Grow Marijuana

Two crucial pieces of the state’s new medical marijuana program are nearly in place. Minnesota officials announced Monday morning that LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions will grow and cultivate the drug for the state, ending a weeks-long selection process.

12/01/2014

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Group Of Medical Pot Backers Criticizes Dayton

Advocates of expanding Minnesota’s new medical marijuana program to allow more people to qualify say they have the support of every gubernatorial candidate except incumbent Democrat Mark Dayton. Members of Minnesotans for Compassionate care said Thursday all of Dayton’s rivals signed statements pledging to reshape the program so it would cover 38,000 people instead of the estimated 5,000.

10/30/2014

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12 Businesses Vie To Grow Medical Marijuana For Minn.

Twelve businesses have applied to grow and cultivate marijuana for the state’s new medical marijuana program. Friday’s deadline for interested manufacturers kicks off weeks of weeding through applications before the state announces its two manufacturers on Dec. 1.

10/03/2014

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State Names Top Research Doc For Medical Marijuana

Minnesota has hired the top official to oversee research on the effects of marijuana for the state’s new medical marijuana program. Dr. Thomas Arneson, an internal medicine specialist with research experience in several organizations, will head up research efforts in the state’s Office of Medical Cannabis. His hire was announced Thursday. He starts Monday.

10/02/2014

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Minn. Mom Pleads Not Guilty For Treating Son’s Pain With Medical Cannabis

A Minnesota mother is charged with child endangerment for giving her son medical marijuana to treat his pain.

09/29/2014

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29 Interested In Growing Minnesota Medical Pot

The Minnesota Department of Health said Friday it has received 29 letters of intent from people interested in growing medical marijuana, the first official step in selecting medical cannabis manufacturers under the state’s new program.

09/19/2014

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Medical Pot Program Combines Medicine And Research

Minnesota’s new medical marijuana program doesn’t stop at the sales counter. The state will gather data from each and every patient on different chemical compounds, dosages and side effects to build a database of what works — and what doesn’t. Lawmakers included the research provision in the law legalizing pills, oils and vapors for a handful of conditions. A state panel discussed existing research in St. Paul Wednesday.

09/10/2014

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Minnesota Taking Medical Marijuana Applications

The state of Minnesota has begun taking applications from entrepreneurs interested in opening medical cannabis manufacturing facilities, and the potential applicants include members of the family that owns Bachman’s Inc., the Minneapolis-based chain of floral and garden shops.

09/06/2014

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Big Minn. Names Showing Interest In Growing Medical Pot

Some of the names showing interest in growing and selling medical marijuana in Minnesota are familiar ones. Friday began the first step towards finding two manufacturers.

09/05/2014

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