Minnesota Medical Marijuana News

Minnesota: Medical Pot Backers Hope To Speed Task Force Work

San Francisco Chronicle

July 31st, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Potential medical marijuana patients and family members said Thursday they hope to assuage police concerns as the state builds up its new program allowing the treatment of eight illnesses with some forms of cannabis.

Minnesota: Wanted - Manufacturers For New Medical Pot Program

San Francisco Chronicle

July 26th, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Dr. Marshall Brinton saw the headlines after Minnesota passed a medical marijuana law, looked around at the equipment in his old veterinary laboratory and thought: Yeah, I could do that.

Minnesota: Medical Marijuana Update

Drug War Chronicle

July 16th, 2014
A CBD cannabis oil bill becomes law in Missouri, the District of Columbia expands its medical marijuana program, Michigan prepares to improve its program, Berkeley will provide free medical marijuana for the poor and homeless, an LA medical marijuana farmers' market gets an injunction slapped on it, and more. Let's get to it:

Minnesota: 2 Meetings Set On Minnesota Medical Marijuana Law

San Francisco Chronicle

July 16th, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two public meetings have been set to discussing planning for Minnesota's new medical marijuana program.

Minnesota: Plans Readied For Medical Marijuana Operation

Times Union

July 11th, 2014
A Montevideo parent says he's prepared to run Minnesota's first medical marijuana manufacturing operation if the state can't get the drug elsewhere. Jeremy Pauling is a member of the state's new task force that will study the impact of the new medical marijuana law. Pauling's daughter, Katelyn, suffers from a degenerative brain disease and her family thinks medical marijuana could help her.

Minnesota: Dayton Names 16 To Study Impact Of Marijuana Law

San Francisco Chronicle

July 10th, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday appointed 16 members to a task force that will study the impact of the state's new medical marijuana law.

Minnesota: Pro-Pot Stance Binds Independence Party Candidates

The Sacramento Bee

June 11th, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The political upstarts running on the Independence Party's ticket this year are in favor of legalizing marijuana on a much larger scale than Minnesota's just-signed medical cannabis law.

Minnesota: Cannabis News Roundup - 06.06.14

KALW News

June 6th, 2014
Feinstein: "rouge dispensaries" would benefit from new bill… Washington state lawsuit could have wide implications … The graying of Harborside… Big Tobacco watches and waits… Health news… Maureen Dowd’s bad trip… and more.

Minnesota: Wanted - Minnesota Medical Marijuana Administrator

The Sacramento Bee

June 2nd, 2014
The Minnesota Department of Health is looking to hire a chief administrator of a new division, the Office of Medical Cannabis. The department posted the job ad at the end of last week, the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1m6knU5) reported. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the medical marijuana program into law last week.

Minnesota: Cannabis News Roundup - 05.30.14

KALW News

May 30th, 2014
House of Representatives votes to block funds for dispensary raids… Statewide regulation bills meet opposite fates in California… Legalization news from Minnesota, Nevada, Kentucky… Former premier of Canadian province joins cannabis firm… Do you know the “Weed Fairy”?... and more.

Minnesota: Minnesota Enacts Restrictive Medical Pot Program

San Francisco Chronicle

May 30th, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota joined the ranks of 21 other states Thursday where marijuana is a legal medicine with a law that is one of the nation's most restrictive.

Minnesota: Advocates Welcome Minnesota As 22nd Medical Marijuana State, But Object To Overly Restrictive Law

Americans for Safe Access

May 29th, 2014
Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill into law today that makes Minnesota the 22nd medical marijuana state. Patient advocates celebrated the passage of SF 2470, which will protect qualified patients from arrest, prosecution, and discrimination, and license two manufacturers of medical marijuana and 8 distribution centers across the state. However, advocates have voiced concern that the law prohibits smoking medical marijuana as well as the use and possession of the dried, whole-plant flowers, ...

Minnesota: Minnesota Joins 21 States In Legalizing Medical Marijuana But No Smoking Allowed

Star Tribune

May 29th, 2014
Minnesota joined the ranks of 21 other states Thursday where marijuana is a legal medicine with a law that is one of the nation's most restrictive. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton signed legislation that sets up a medical marijuana program with tight controls over qualifying conditions and the way it is administered. People won't be able to smoke marijuana legally or access it in leaf form.

Minnesota: Some Medical Marijuana Backers Back Out Of Minnesota Program

Star Tribune

May 29th, 2014
Cassie Traun, a 24-year-old IT worker from St. Paul, went to the Capitol about a dozen times in April and May to lobby for medical marijuana. She sat before committees of lawmakers, and even confessed to buying and using the drug illegally because she’s convinced it effectively treats her Crohn’s disease.

Minnesota: Some Medical Marijuana Backers Back Out Of Minnesota Program

Star Tribune

May 29th, 2014
Cassie Traun, a 24-year-old IT worker from St. Paul, went to the Capitol about a dozen times in April and May to lobby for medical marijuana. She sat before committees of lawmakers, and even confessed to buying and using the drug illegally because she’s convinced it effectively treats her Crohn’s disease. This week Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign a bill legalizing marijuana for about 5,000 Minnesotans, including sufferers of Crohn’s, an inflammatory bowel disease.

Minnesota: Medical Marijuana Studies Face Red Tape

Prairie Business Magazine

May 27th, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – A year ago, University of Minnesota researchers received a $9.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study pain in patients with sickle cell disease. - See more at: http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/19277/#sthash.giod5YFn.dpuf

Minnesota: Court - Calif. Pot Laws Irrelevant In Minn. Case

The Modesto Bee

May 27th, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS — Evidence that a defendant can legally use marijuana for medical purposes in another state isn't relevant when that person is on trial for violating Minnesota's drug laws, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Minnesota: Red Tape Slows Minnesota Medical Marijuana Study

Pioneer Press

May 24th, 2014
A year ago, University of Minnesota researchers received a $9.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study pain in patients with sickle cell disease.

Minnesota: Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Compromise Measure

NORML News

May 22nd, 2014
Minnesota House and Senate lawmakers, along with Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton, agreed late last week to legislation that seeks to provide access to limited preparations of cannabis to qualified patients.

Minnesota: Minnesota’s Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana. Could New York Be Next?

The Washingotn Post

May 19th, 2014
Minnesota is poised to become the second state to legalize medical marijuana this year, but it may not be the last. The legislature and governor there struck a deal last week that would allow medical marijuana by the summer of 2015. It was approved by wide margins in the House and the Senate, putting the state on track to become the 22nd nationwide — and third in the Midwest — to allow marijuana for medical use. Maryland approved marijuana for such uses in April, and New York could be next.