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'Copycat' cannabis edibles draw ire of big food companies


Packaging that mirrors major brands called 'unscrupulous' and potentially dangerous for children. 

At first glance, there is little indication the snack-size bag of Trix is meant to get a user stoned. Every detail of the packaging has been copied from General Mills' cereal, and the company's logo even adorns the corner.

But the cannabis edible recently pulled from the market was a "copycat" product with a combined 1,000 milligrams of THC, the main intoxicating compound in marijuana. (A standard dose is 10 mg.)

The Consumer Brands Association and several major food companies, including Minnesota-based General Mills and Post Consumer Brands, are urging Congress to crack down on the practice.


Catholic Church against cannabis legalization in Minnesota


The Catholic Church has thrown its weight behind an effort to defeat legalization in the Gopher State. The reason? Smoking weed is a sin.

The Bible is life’s skeleton key: a document that, in the right (or wrong) hands, can be useful for justifying (or condemning) just about anything. That latest interpretation of divine will is why the Catholic Church opposes marijuana legalization in Minnesota.


Minnesota's hemp industry in trouble, advocates push legislature for fixes



A state appeals court ruling last year put Minnesota sales of CBD, delta-8 THC in question 

Minnesota's hemp industry is in crisis.

A state appeals court ruling last year put the legality of selling and possessing nearly all CBD products into doubt.

Cease-and-desist letters have increasingly targeted retailers and producers selling Minnesota-made CBD products while national brands have made their way onto mainstream grocery store shelves without hassle.

And delta-8 THC — an intoxicating, hemp-derived cousin of the main psychoactive substance in marijuana — remains an unregulated and highly profitable product for hemp retailers and growers in Minnesota. A bill has been introduced to ban it completely in the state.


Medicinal cannabis flower sales begin in Minnesota


Minnesota residents can now purchase medical cannabis, making products more affordable for patients who need access.

Sales of medicinal cannabis flower began in Minnesota on Monday, giving the state’s medical marijuana patients a new and more affordable option to access their medicine of choice. The Minnesota Department of Health announced in February that cannabis flower would be added to the state’s medical marijuana program, which until this week only permitted patients to use processed cannabis products such as extracts, distillates, capsules, and topicals.


Smokable medical cannabis coming to Minnesota in March


It’s been a long time coming, and finally, Minnesota will have smokable cannabis available for medical patients.

Medical cannabis patients in Minnesota will see smokable cannabis flower in licensed retailers beginning next month, according to an announcement from state regulators. The Minnesota Department of Health said in a statement on Tuesday that the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries will be able to offer dried cannabis flower on March 1.


Minnesota’s medical marijuana program to include flowers for smoking next month


Minnesotans registered in the state’s medical cannabis program will be able to buy dried flowers for smoking from dispensaries beginning in March.

The Minnesota Department of Health says those interested in smoking cannabis can make an appointment for a consultation with a dispensary pharmacist beginning on Feb. 1, as they will need to be pre-approved to buy pre-packaged dried flower and joints. Appointments for any patient changing the type of medical cannabis they receive.


Deputy cites Minnesota speedster for cannabis


Driver travelling 34 m/h over the posted limit initially denied having cannabis in the vehicle before fessing up.

A Minnesota man apparently decided it was best to fess up to the illegal cannabis inside his vehicle after getting pulled over for driving 99 miles per hour in a 65 m/h zone.


Local couple making a go of hemp business


For Adam and Julia Weets, hemp is a business opportunity that allows them to contribute to their community and support their family.

The Alpha residents have been growing hemp for a couple years as part of their business, Alpha’s Alternatives.

The Weets grow hemp for CBD, which is a non-psychoactive agent used to help with pain, insomnia and a host of other health issues.

“CBD is something your body has natural receptors for,” Adam Weets said.

“When you take it, it doesn’t mask things, but instead helps your body get to where it should be.”

The product, which can be taken as a tincture and as a rollover, is non-addictive and does not produce highs, as its THC content is under the legal limit.


A 90-year-old was serving life for marijuana despite serious illness. Now he’s going home


In a dramatic reversal, a 90-year-old, seriously ill federal inmate serving life in prison for a nonviolent marijuana trafficking crime will go free after a judge granted him compassionate release on Tuesday — overturning his previous order denying release.

Horacio Estrada-Elias, who was the subject of a CNN investigative story in September, is set to be freed this week after more than a dozen years behind bars.


Minnesota denies medical cannabis for anxiety, adds gummies

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State analysis of medical cannabis for anxiety and panic disorders leads health commissioner to conclude that the risks outweigh benefits. 

Anxiety disorders won't be added next year to qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in Minnesota.

State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm found too little evidence of benefits of medical cannabis use when compared with risks and existing treatments.

While Minnesota will expand its program by allowing the sale of medical cannabis in gummy and chewable forms, Malcolm announced Wednesday that it would be limited to the existing 17 qualifying conditions. Minnesota is among 38 states with medical cannabis programs, including North Dakota and three others that include anxiety disorders as qualifying conditions.


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