Minnesota

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.

Fri
11
Jan

Minnesota's senate majority is spouting misinformation about marijuana legalization

Legalizing cannabis is not on the agenda for Minnesota's Republican-controlled Senate, writes Calvin Hughes. 

While Minnesota's neighbor Michigan legalized recreational cannabislast November, residents of the North Star State shouldn't get their hopes up about legal weed any time soon. At least according to Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R).

Thu
03
Jan

Will Minnesota approve recreational marijuana in 2019?

It's a buzzy headline for Forbes: "These States Are Most Likely to Legalize Marijuana in 2019," with Minnesota as one of the top states on the list.

Forbes cites Governor-elect Tim Walz's stated support for legal weed as the chief reason, and points out Walz was the first to get a cannabis bill passed through a committee in Congress.

So is Minnesota really ready to let people light up?

Tue
04
Dec

Alzheimer’s added to medical marijuana treatment list in Minnesota

The decision to allow treatment of Alzheimer’s with medical marijuana in Minnesota is getting an unenthusiastic response from an organization representing Alzheimer’s patients.

“Much about its use in people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is unknown,” said Sue Spalding, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota chapter. “Marijuana is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment or management of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Its potential effectiveness and safety profile have not been thoroughly evaluated.”

Mon
26
Nov

Legalize pot? Gov.-elect Tim Walz says Minnesota should

Going green could take on a new meaning in Minnesota if incoming Gov. Tim Walz has something to say about it.

As more states legalize marijuana, Walz says it’s time for Minnesota to follow suit. He’s argued that legalizing pot could bring in a new source of tax revenue if regulated properly, and it could reduce the number of people locked up for drug offenses.

“I just think the time is here and we’re seeing it across the country. Minnesota has always been able to implement these things right,” said Walz, who as a congressman pushed the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical marijuana for military veterans.

Mon
22
Oct

Hemp could be big in Minnesota if it overcomes legal hurdles

John Strohfus is rehabilitating the outlaw of Minnesota agriculture. "People think this is new," said Strohfus, as he sifted hemp seed through his fingers at his Afton farm. "But the only thing new is that farmers can grow it now." Farmers like Strohfus are tiptoeing into the hemp market, planting fields in Woodbury, Afton, Dakota County and across the state. State officials are encouraging them, saying that hemp would stimulate the state's economy. Yet the growers are shackled by the fact that hemp — unlike any other crop — has a lingering reputation as a source of dangerous drugs. The plant is related to marijuana, which is listed in the same category as heroin and LSD by federal officials.

Thu
11
Oct

6 states without ballot initiatives where voters' choices will greatly affect marijuana legalization

We’re four weeks away from the November midterm elections, and obviously a lot in the political landscape could change on that day. Democrats could retake Congress, governor’s mansions could flip to a new party and so much more, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Fri
08
Jun

Minnesota: No more undercover arrests for selling small amounts of marijuana

The Minneapolis Police Department is ending undercover enforcement of laws against low-level marijuana sales. Mayor Jacob Frey directed the department to end the sting operations over concerns that black men were being disproportionately targeted.

The Minneapolis Police Department said violent crime in a targeted two-block stretch of downtown has dropped by nearly a third compared to the same time last year.

But at a news conference Thursday, Chief Medaria Arradondo acknowledged that his undercover officers also had arrested dozens of African-American men just for selling small amounts of marijuana.

Wed
11
Apr

Minnesota medical marijuana users struggle with cost, finding doctors to prescribe

Almost three years after marijuana was legalized for some medical purposes in Minnesota, some providers, patients and patients' loved ones say the program is frustrating, and the medicine, for many, is unaffordable.

"I just think it's so sad why we can't set up a program that someone would find easier than (it is)," said Pat Mullen of Duluth. "They've got to find a way to inform people."

When Mullen's fiancee, the late Linnea Stephan, was fighting brain cancer, they sought a prescription for medical marijuana to counter the nausea caused by chemotherapy, he said. But they couldn't find any oncologist at either Essentia Health or St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth willing to certify her for that condition.

Fri
16
Mar

Minnesota study adds to growing evidence medical marijuana reduces opioid use

Could at least a partial solution to the opioid crisis be sitting on the shelves at the local medical marijuana dispensary? A new report out of Minnesota, and one earlier this year from Israel, both found that marijuana is beneficial to people with chronic pain conditions and those suffering from cancer.

More than half the participants in the Minnesota study found that cannabis offered a high level of benefit in treating chronic pain.

In addition to alleviating pain and anxiety and improving sleep, the use of medical marijuana also led many in the studies to either reduce or eliminate the use of prescription pain medication.

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