Minnesota

Wed
02
Mar

Robert Reich: “Baloney” that Hillary Clinton is Nominee After Super Tuesday

Robert Reich Bill Clinton’s Labor Secretary made political waves by endorsing Bernie Sanders last week, despite deep ties with the Clinton family, which even includes a date with the future Democratic front-runner during college.

Wed
02
Mar

Cannabis Combines Passions of Minnesota Doctor

There’s little doubt that your farm can grow marijuana, or cannabis as it is commonly called now. You’ve got road ditches and fence rows to prove that.

The harder part is turning it into a medicine. That’s the only legal way it can be sold under the state laws enacted over the last couple of years in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, and 20 other states, mostly on the coasts. 

Kyle Kingsley, one of the early growers in Minnesota, believes there is more than a little magic in the crop. Most of it happens not in growing the plants, but after harvest. 

“How we process it and package it and make it conform to medical standards is what we are still learning. That’s where the big breakthroughs will come in medical cannabis,” he predicts.

Fri
12
Feb

CEO at one of MN's medical marijuana providers steps down

The leader of one of the companies that grows Minnesota’s medical marijuana is resigning less than a year after accepting the post.

LeafLine Labs announced that Manny Munson-Regala is stepping down, the Associated Press reports, after leaving his Health Department job to take over LeafLine in June.

LeafLine is one of two companies authorized by the state’s Office of Medical Cannabis to provide marijuana to patients with certain medical conditions whose doctors have recommended the drug.

Fri
12
Feb

Minnesota medical marijuana CEO steps down

The head of one of Minnesota’s two medical marijuana companies has resigned.

LeafLine Labs announced Friday that CEO Manny Munson-Regala has stepped down less than a year after he took the job. Munson-Regala, a former assistant state health commissioner, helped set up the state’s medical cannabis program, then left last June to take a job running one of the newly created companies.

In a statement late Friday, LeafLine announced that Dr. Andrew Bachman, an emergency physician and one of the company’s founders, has been appointed as interim CEO by the company board.

Sun
31
Jan

Medical Marijuana Startup Vireo Raising $31.5M to Expand into More States

Medical marijuana venture Vireo Health is seeking $31.5 million in equity financing as it prepares to expand into more states. According to CEO Dr. Kyle Kingsley, the Minneapolis-based parent company of Minnesota Medical Solutions (MinnMed) is close to reeling in $6 million of that amount.

As of today, Vireo’s staff has a headcount of nearly 50 employees but expects its staff to expand ten-fold in the upcoming years. Vireo is largely targeting individual investors as opposed to institutional funds, an approach it used to bankroll its original launch in Minnesota and New York.

Fri
22
Jan

Marijuana and Health: Five New Scientific Developments You Need to Know

Here's the latest research on pot and drinking, pot and opiate dependency, pot and IQ, pot and migraines, and pot and obesity.

Scientific discoveries are published almost daily rebuking  the federal government’s contention that cannabis is a highly dangerous substance lacking therapeutic efficacy. But most of these findings are relegated to obscure, peer-reviewed journals and, therefore, often go unnoticed by the major media and the general public. Here are five new cannabis-centric studies that warrant mainstream attention.

Consumers Seldom Combine Marijuana With Alcohol

Thu
14
Jan

Survey: Minn. Doctors Worry About Abuse Of Medical Marijuana

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota doctors are reluctant to accept medical marijuana as a treatment option, according to a new survey.

Wed
13
Jan

Many Minnesota doctors hesitant on medical marijuana

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A new survey shows many doctors in Minnesota have been reluctant to accept medical marijuana as a treatment option.

The survey was released Tuesday to the state's Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research. It was conducted by task force member Dr. Charles Reznikoff, who sought opinions on medical marijuana from 262 doctors from four institutions who practice across Minnesota.

the majority of doctors in the survey said qualifying conditions need to be clearer. Many said they don't want to be burdened by the program, are nervous about registering patients and worry about it at a time when so many people are abusing opioids.

Wed
13
Jan

Here's why Minnesota doctors are slow to prescribe cannabis

Minnesota doctors are slow to accept medical cannabis as a treatment option for lack of scientific evidence, fear of addiction and lack of educational programs, according to a new survey released to a state task force Tuesday.

Dr. Charles Reznikoff, a member of the Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research, the group responsible for gathering information about the program, conducted the survey. Reznikoff is an addiction specialist who practices at Hennepin County Medical Center. He sought opinions of 262 doctors from four institutions who practice all across the state.

Sun
20
Dec

MN: Ingebrigtsen opposes medical marijuana move

State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, was disappointed with recent developments in Minnesota’s medical marijuana laws.

On Dec. 2, Governor Mark Dayton, through the Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger, approved the use of medical cannabis for intractable pain.

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