Minnesota Patients Legally Acquire Marijuana For First Time

MINNESOTA:  At the stroke of midnight, medical marijuana was legal in Minnesota. Moments later, the state’s first cannabis clinic welcomed its first patients. “We’ve been waiting a long time for this,” said Kim Kelsey, holding up a small white pill bottle containing a week’s supply of cannabis pills outside. The Minnesota Medical Solutions clinic in downtown Read the full article…

Minnesota’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ready To Open

MINNESOTA:  The first dispensary for medical marijuana in Minnesota is set to open in Minneapolis on Wednesday, July 1. That is the first day the it can be legally sold in the state. Minnesota Medical Solutions invited journalists to tour their new facility at 207 9th St. in Minneapolis on Friday. The tour was hosted by Kyle Kingsley, MD, Read the full article…

Medical Community’s Unease About Medical Marijuana Puts Some Prospective Patients In A Bind

MINNESOTA:  Patients hoping to access medical marijuana may struggle to register for the medicine as doctors and hospitals shy away from the new program. Registration opens Monday and patients are expected to start getting the medicine in July. The law passed last year requires a physician to certify a patient has one of nine qualifying Read the full article…

Law Allows Minnesota Hospitals To Dispense Medical Marijuana

MINNESOTA: The Legislature has taken steps to expand the availability of medical marijuana to Minnesota hospitals when it becomes legal in July. When state lawmakers approved the original law authorizing health care providers to dispense the drug, they didn’t include hospitals where terminally ill patients could end up. That left hospitals wondering what they would do Read the full article…

Could Hemp Lead To Legal Marijuana?

MINNESOTA:  If Minnesota approves limited industrial hemp growth, a state senator with a long-time law enforcement background fears recreational marijuana use will be close behind. “To me, it is baby steps toward recreational marijuana and I think we will find that out by the end of the session,” Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said April 8 Read the full article…

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Manufacturers Prepare For Business

MINNESOTA:  Minnesota medical marijuana manufacturers have lined up several dispensary sites throughout state and are set to have the first harvest over the next few weeks. In Minneapolis, construction is under way on the city’s first dispensary — a standalone 100-year-old downtown building that once housed the League of Catholic Women. This summer, it is Read the full article…

1,000 Minnesota Patients Interested In Medical Marijuana

MINNESOTA:  When the Minnesota Department of Health set out to survey patients about the state’s new medical marijuana program, responses rolled in from every corner of the state. Of the 1,361 people who filled out the online survey earlier this year, 70 percent — nearly 1,000 — said they were likely to register for the Read the full article…

Bloomington Minnesota Considers Moratorium On Marijuana Manufacture

MINNESOTA:  Bloomington is considering barring medical marijuana production and sales facilities in the city. The City Council is set to vote Monday on the proposed one-year moratorium. Bloomington planning manager Glen Markegard tells Minnesota Public Radio News the moratorium would give the city time to develop a better understanding of how to regulate such facilities. Read the full article…

Judge Dismisses Count Against Minnesota Mom Who Treated Son With Cannabis

MINNESOTA:  District Judge Thomas Van Hon has dismissed the more serious of two charges that Lac qui Parle County brought against a Madison mother for treating her 15-year-old son with medical cannabis for a traumatic brain injury. In a ruling filed Wednesday, the judge dismissed the “child endangerment — permitting to be present when possessing Read the full article…

Tribe To Look At Medicinal Marijuana, Hemp

MINNESOTA:  The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Council unanimously approved this week a study on how medicinal marijuana and industrial hemp could benefit the Red Lake Nation’s economic development. However, serious doubts were raised about growing or use of recreational marijuana. Many American Indian tribes began discussing the potential of marijuana and hemp Read the full article…