Registration opens for Minnesota's medical marijuana program

Enrollment opened Monday for Minnesota’s medical marijuana program, and Shelly Rapp was ready and waiting to sign up her son.

The Rapp family recently moved here from California, where 18-year-old Scott had been taking cannabis oil — a few drops, a few times a day — to treat the intractable seizures that have racked him since birth. His mother, skeptical at first about the drug’s usefulness, watched as Scott’s seizures dropped from hundreds a day to just a handful.

He started smiling. His eyesight improved. They weaned him off his other epilepsy medications and treatments.

“Scott has so many seizures, I never really had any hope of anything working,” Rapp said. “But we had amazing success.”


Medical marijuana operations find it tough to set up accounts

When medical marijuana becomes available in Minnesota on July 1, two state-approved companies will begin selling cannabis in pill and oil form to patients who suffer from cancer, HIV, AIDS, ALS and other conditions.

But although state lawmakers made dispensing the drug to those patients legal, federal law still bans marijuana. That's led to some big financial challenges for Minnesota's fledgling cannabis industry.


One of the biggest tests for the two manufacturers picked by the state to produce medical cannabis is setting up banking services.


Minn. medical marijuana registration underway

BELLE PLAINE, Minn. – Monday was the day that Angie Traxler hopes will make a difference. It was the first day that qualified patients were able to register for medical marijuana. Actual sales of the drug will not begin until July 1.

Angie Traxler's daughter, Madelaine, 11, spends up to 90 percent of her time in a wheelchair. The fifth-grader suffers from Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that mainly strikes girls.

"She lost her ability to speak, or use her hands," said Traxler. "She has scoliosis, so she wears a back brace."


Doctors' unease puts medical marijuana patients in a bind

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sarah Wellington thought she had everything squared away to register for Minnesota's medical marijuana program.

Her multiple sclerosis fit the narrow list of conditions that qualify. Her neurologist was on board with trying medical marijuana. Just check back in a month and we'll get your paperwork started with the state, she was told.

But the follow-up was a shock: Her clinic decided it doesn't want a part in the state's new program yet. Her primary care clinic doesn't, either.


Minnesota hospitals will be allowed to dispense medical marijuana

St. Paul, MN (WDAY/WDAZ TV) - Minnesota hospitals and health care facilities will be allowed to control, dispense and manage the use of medical cannabis under a newly-expanded availability.

Medical cannabis will become legal in pill and liquid form in July. The original law didn't include hospitals on the list of those allowed to distribute medical marijuana, but the Minnesota Legislature expanded the law during the final days of the 2015 session.

Health care facilities are also allowed to reasonably restrict the use of medical cannabis by patients when it comes to storage and location.


MN: Patient registration for medical marijuana opens Monday

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Registration opens for medical marijuana

Medical marijuana will be legal in Minnesota — for patients with certain conditions — on July 1 and those patients can begin registering for the program Monday.

To begin the registration process, patients need a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant to certify that they have one of the conditions that qualify them to participate in the program. Those conditions include certain cancers, terminal illnesses, glaucoma and seizure disorders. The Minnesota Medical Cannabis site at mn.gov/medicalcannabis has more details.


Medical Marijuana Will Be Available At Minnesota Hospitals

ST. PAUL, MN  (KDAL) - During the final days of the 2015 regular legislative session, state lawmakers amended Minnesota’s medical cannabis statute to address patients’ use of medical cannabis in hospitals and other health care facilities.


Minnesota hospitals will be able to dispense medical marijuana

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 for patients who use medical marijuana, and whether they could allow it.

The Legislature has added hospitals to the list of facilities that can control, dispense and manage the use of cannabis inside their systems, said Manny Munson-Regala, an assistant state health commissioner. Gov. Mark Dayton signed off on the change, he said.


Hopes high, security tight as Minn. medical marijuana era nears

It may be the best guarded greenhouse in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Medical Solutions operation in Otsego, about 40 minutes northwest of downtown Minneapolis, is growing marijuana — legally. One of two manufacturers picked by the state to produce medical cannabis, the company is readying for July 1, when it will be legal to sell the product in pill or oil form.

Security, though, is at a premium. The federal government still considers marijuana growing illegal. As officials walked reporters through the plant on Tuesday, they left no doubt they’re serious about keeping the operation safe.


Behind-The-Scenes At Otsego Medical Cannabis Facility

OTSEGO, Minn. (WCCO) — On Tuesday, WCCO got an early look inside one of the places where cannabis plants are now legally grown in Minnesota.

Minnesota Medical Solutions in Otsego is one of two registered manufacturers responsible for growing, processing and distributing medical cannabis products in our state.

Beginning July 1, registered customers will be able to buy the marijuana in a few different forms: capsules, oils or liquids.


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