Minnesota

Tue
23
Jul

Medical cannabis benefiting Minnesota PTSD patients

A recent survey by the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Medical Cannabis indicates more than three-quarters of patients using medical cannabis for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have experienced significant benefits.

The survey of 751 PTSD patients found 76% of those who responded indicated a benefit rating of 6 or 7 on a scale of 1 to 7 – so that’s pretty impressive. Only 4% gave a rating of 1, 2 or 3. The most important benefits noted were anxiety reduction (23%), improved sleep (16%), improved mood and/or emotional regulation (13%) and reduction in pain (12%).

Thu
18
Jul

A budding industry: CBD takes over Southwest

Steven Brown has dealt with many baby-boomers wandering into his LynLake store Nothing But Hemp thinking it was a place to buy pot. It might look and smell like it, but it’s not, as recreational marijuana is still illegal in the state of Minnesota. Brown’s store sells CBD products.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound that comes from hemp, which is a plant in the cannabis family. Another compound is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. By law, CBD contains .3% THC or less,
so users cannot get high.

Instead, CBD gives users more of a bodily feeling that some people claim can help with a variety of ailments from anxiety to migraines and other physical pain to reducing the amount of epileptic seizures.

Tue
02
Jul

Minnesota alzheimer’s patients can now register for medical marijuana

Starting July 1, people with Alzheimer’s disease can register for medical marijuana in Minnesota. And once registered, they’ll be able to obtain medical cannabis from the state’s two manufacturers beginning August 1. The Minnesota Department of Health first announced plans to add Alzheimer’s disease as a qualifying condition in December 2018. Alzheimer’s disease is the only qualifying condition Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm approved after a citizen’s review panel proposed adding seven new conditions, including opioid use disorderand traumatic brain injury.

Fri
12
Apr

Legalizing cannabis in Minnesota: a step toward racial and economic justice

As lawmakers debate proposed legislation to legalize cannabis in Minnesota, it is critical that they consider the racial and economic justice implications of this new industry on communities of color. Diverse communities must be heard as industry regulations are put into law.

In discussions on how cannabis should legally be grown, sold, taxed and regulated, people of color must have a voice at the table. And to ensure everyone has a fair shot at taking part and finding success in this new industry, expunging or reducing cannabis-related convictions must be part of the conversation.

Mon
25
Mar

Attorney for Minnesota’s largest County to no longer criminally prosecute marijuana possession offenses

Minor marijuana possession offenders will no longer be criminally prosecuted in Hennepin County, Minnesota, according to a new policy announced last week by County Attorney Mike Freeman. An estimated 1.2 million people live in the county, which includes the city of Minneapolis.

Mon
18
Mar

How Minnesota can fix its medical marijuana market

Minnesota’s medical marijuana program has struggled for years as the flaws in its design have caused issue after issue.

New patients are leaving the program in droves, turning to the black market or prescription opioids because they cannot afford the processed pills and oils that are legal. Growers are losing millions because of a strict tax structure written into the law.

Lawmakers can fix this, but they might have to look beyond their home state for solutions. A slew of proposals at the State Capitol could save the manufacturers money and help them lower prices. Patients say they do not go far enough.

Thu
14
Mar

Minnesota Gov. rips state republicans for rejecting cannabis legalization

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (Democratic–Farmer–Labor) said state Republicans need to actually look at cannabis legalization bills before they reject them, writes Calvin Hughes.

Mon
11
Mar

In debate over legal marijuana, Minnesota lawmakers consider forgiveness

If lawmakers legalize recreational marijuana this year, tens of thousands of Minnesotans are poised for forgiveness.

Under legalization bills introduced in the House and Senate, Minnesota would offer to clear people who have been convicted of possessing up to an ounce and a half of marijuana, as well as possession in a motor vehicle.

That could wipe clean the records of nearly 70,000 Minnesotans since 2010 alone, according to data the district courts provided to MPR News. But the total number is likely much higher: the bill directs the attorney general to go back indefinitely to find anyone with petty misdemeanor and misdemeanor marijuana possession offenses on their record who could be eligible for expungement.

Thu
14
Feb

Parolee sues Minnesota Department of Corrections over medical marijuana denial

Darrell Schmidt suffers from anxiety and PTSD. He’s also on parole. But his court-granted supervised release is in jeopardy, because he uses medical marijuana to treat his mental illness. Despite his state authorization to possess and consume medical cannabis in Minnesota, Schmidt’s parole officer threatened to revoke his parole over his use of the drug, effectively denying him access to his medication. Now, attorneys representing Schmidt are suing the Minnesota Department of Corrections over the denial. And they hope the case will set a precedent for future parolees who utilize medical cannabis treatments legally.

Tue
29
Jan

Minnesota lawmakers introduce legislation to legalize adult-use Cannabis

State lawmakers in Minnesota introduced legislation on Monday that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis by adults. The bills are sponsored in the Minnesota Senate by Sen. Melisa Franzen and Sen. Scott Jensen and by Rep. Mike Freiberg in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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