Medical Marijuana Patients In MN Head To Black Market

Some medical marijuana patients in Minnesota are heading back to the black market due to high costs in the state's program.

Minnesota started selling medical marijuana pills and oils in July under one of the most restrictive laws in the country. The plant form is banned and people must have one of nine conditions to qualify.

Five patients told The Associated Press that the restrictions have made medical marijuana too expensive, and insurance doesn't cover any of the costs. They reverted to buying marijuana on the street.

A vial of extract in Minnesota is nearly $130, more than double the cost of a similar product in Colorado.


The Growing Economy: New York Molds Strict Medical Marijuana Program After Minnesota

New York’s medical marijuana program is due to go online by January, but there are still a number of questions with how it will all work.  In part of the four-part series "The Growing Economy," Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman traveled to Minnesota to understand how that state’s medical marijuana program works for both doctors and patients. 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Patrick McClellan was running out of hope. 

"I needed an option, other than something that could potentially kill me, to try and fight these massive attacks and that's how I discovered cannabis," he said.


Families desperate for Medical Marijuana closer to home, for constant pain

"It has made me sit up at the computer many nights until two looking for answers."

Many sleepless nights for families who say medical marijuana is their last chance at giving loved ones the life they deserve.


Marijuana Users Face Risk Of High Blood Sugar Later In Life, Study Suggests

Marijuana users may face future risks of developing prediabetes — elevated levels of blood sugar that can be a precursor to full type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

Current users and those who have used marijuana earlier in life are more likely to have or develop prediabetes than people who have never used it, the researchers say.


Medical marijuana registration lags in Minnesota

Workers tend the cannabis crop at Minnesota Medical Solutions manufacturing facility in May. (Star Tribune photo by Glen Stubbe.)

Minnesota’s fledgling medical marijuana program is one of the least-used in the nation, after two months in business.

As of Friday, 460 patients were registered with the Health Department’s Office of Medical Cannabis and could legally buy marijuana in Minnesota. Those numbers have been inching steadily upward and Michelle Larson, head of the OMC, expects the expansion to continue.


Hospitals gear up for medical cannabis

Local hospitals are wrestling with one of the murkier aspects of Minnesota’s new medical cannabis law: how to appropriately handle the drug when it’s used by hospitalized patients.

WILLMAR, Minn. — Local hospitals are wrestling with one of the murkier aspects of Minnesota’s new medical cannabis law: how to appropriately handle the drug when it’s used by hospitalized patients.

An amendment to the law, approved this year, provided some clarity by allowing health care facilities to dispense and manage the drug for patients who are certified to use it.

But it has been left up to individual hospitals to decide whether they want to participate in the state’s medical cannabis program and, if so, how they will handle it.


Minnesota Medical Solutions Will Delay Opening More Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

There are a lot of lucrative opportunities in the marijuana industry. In a lot of areas cannabis entrepreneurs are doing very well in virtually all sectors of the industry. But there is a growing trend in some states where the opposite is happening, which is something that I have talked about a lot on this blog. As predicted, things are not going so well in ultra-strict medical marijuana states.


Public weighs in on adding new condition to Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Program


ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health Office of Medical Cannabis is holding its first of three public meetings in Rochester. The meetings are intended to answer any questions Minnesotans may have on the current state of the Medical Cannabis Program, as well as allow them to weigh in on the future.


Amelia Weaver's miraculous recovery on medical marijuana

When 18-month-old Amelia Weaver caught the flu, her mother took her to see the doctor. Amelia had her first seizure in the pediatrician’s office.

“Watching my baby have a seizure was the scariest experience of my life,” mother Angie recalls. At first, it seemed a one-time episode. A year passed. Three-year-old Amelia was walking, talking, learning her letters, and counting up to 20.

Late one morning, the Weavers woke up to silence from their daughter’s room. It was strange. Amelia would usually be their alarm clock. They found her in her crib, in the throes of another seizure. Four more would follow in quick succession as the Weavers rushed Amelia to the hospital.


The Next 12 States to Legalize Marijuana

1. Ohio - Ohio voters will decide Nov. 3 whether to legalize marijuana with a constitutional amendment to institute a revolutionary proposal that backers say will create a billion-dollar industry in the next four years.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Wednesday the private investor group ResponsibleOhio had collected 320,267 signatures of registered Ohio voters, 14,676 more than necessary to qualify for the general-election ballot. ResponsibleOhio spent more than $2 million since March on the petition drive to put its proposed Marijuana Legalization Amendment before voters.


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