Minnesota

Tue
06
Sep

Pain Patients Are Flooding Into Minnesota's Medical Marijuana Program

State's tightly controlled program has seen high costs and low enrollment. Pain patients might turn the tide. 

Minnesotans seeking pain relief have quickly become the second-largest group of patients in the state’s medical marijuana program, even though they became eligible just one month ago.

One out of three patients enrolled in the program is seeking relief from chronic pain, according to figures released this week by the Office of Medical Cannabis.

The Minnesota Department of Health added intractable pain to the shortlist of qualifying conditions for the program on Aug. 1. By Aug. 31, there were more pain patients — 847 — than patients with cancer, epilepsy and terminal illnesses combined.

Wed
10
Aug

Will Medical Cannabis Really Work for My Chronic Pain?

Severe pain drove this average Minnesotan to seek the comforts of medical cannabis. Here's how things worked out for her. 

Earlier this year, one of my friends asked: “Will medical cannabis get you stoned?”

This was just before my first appointment to get “qualified” for medical cannabis use. I wasn’t sure how to answer.

What did I know about medical cannabis? Not much. I struggled to parse what I was finding online. Perhaps I was naive in expecting straightforward information communicated by words without multiple meaning. So I was thrown off by the lingo.

Tue
02
Aug

Minnesota Pain Patients Buy Medical Cannabis, Is Recreational Pot Next?

Minnesota may have already legalized medical marijuana but it wasn’t until Monday that pain patients of the state finally had the opportunity to buy it. Even though the Minnesota state legislature legalized the drug for medicinal purposes in 2014, strict laws banned the plant form in favor of pills, oils and vapors.

Mon
13
Jun

'Intractable Pain' the next Step for Medical Cannabis

As the second year of medical cannabis in Minnesota begins on July 1, patients for the first time will be able to get certified to be treated with the drug for intractable pain.

A month later, certified patients will be able to start receiving medical marijuana from one of the state's two approved companies: LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions.

Interest already is being expressed.

"I've seen half a dozen patients in my practice already who have come to me wanting to know about the intractable pain," said Dr. Dave Thorson, who is part of a large family medical practice in the Twin Cities and is president of the Minnesota Medical Association.

Tue
07
Jun

Minnesota: Medical Marijuana Is Helping, Patients Say, but It's Unaffordable

Most patients enrolled in Minnesota's medical marijuana program believe the medication is helping them, but a majority also think it's unaffordable, according to a Minnesota Department of Health survey.

About 90 percent of patients surveyed by the agency saw some benefit from the medical marijuana, with about half of patients giving the medication the highest marks possible, saying they'd received a "great deal of benefit." 

Fri
03
Jun

Confirmed: Prince Died of Opioid Overdose, Tests Show. Marjiuana Can Save Us From Painkiller Addiction

Prince died of an opioid overdose, specifically fentanyl, according to test results released Thursday.

The iconic musician was found dead in his Minnesota home on the morning of April 21.

As saddened fans and proponents of natural, life-saving medicine, we have to take a look at the causes of their untimely passing and wonder if there was something more that could have been done, and look at the link between the growing number of patients claiming that marijuana treatment for addiction helped them drop their dependency to prescribed pharmaceuticals and illegal narcotics.

Thu
02
Jun

Minnesota investigates $500,000 in missing medical marijuana oil

Accusations made by a former employee that a Minnesota-based medical marijuana company illegally transported cannabis oil out of state prompted an investigation and audit by local authorities.

The employee said that at least $500,000 worth of cannabis oil (or about 370 grams) was sent from Minnesota Medical Solutions's Otsego growing facility to their parent company's New York location in order to meet that state's production deadline, according to a search warrant filed on May 26 in Hennepin County.

"We are confident the claims relied upon by regulatory authorities to begin the investigation will be found to be false," according to a statement released by Vireo, the parent company.

According to the search warrant:

Wed
18
May

Marijuana's Potential Health Benefits Are Being Obscured by the US Government's Ineptitude

On April 17, Pennsylvania became the latest state to pass medical marijuana legislation, which will take effect this month. And recently Ohio’s House of Representatives has passed a plan to permit medical marijuana in the state.

Mon
16
May

What counts as 'medical marijuana' varies from state to state – and that's a problem

On April 17, Pennsylvania became the latest state to pass medical marijuana legislation, which will take effect this month. And recently Ohio’s House of Representatives has passed a plan to permit medical marijuana in the state.

Wed
11
May

Marijuana Startup Leafline Hunts for Another Big Round of Funding

Medical-marijuana startup LeafLine Labs has begun an effort to raise $21 million, according to a regulatory filing.

The company, along with rival Minnesota Medical Solutions, grows and harvests oil from marijuana plants to use in state-approved medical therapies. Neither company has struggled much to raise capital: Eagan-based LeafLine previously raked in more than $14 million.

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