Minnesota

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.

Thu
17
Dec

Minnesota medical marijuana manufacturer hopes new plant will push down prices

A Minnesota medical marijuana company has developed a potent new strain it hopes will help patients, and help drive down prices.

Minnesota Medical Solutions announced Wednesday that it has bred a new strain of cannabis that is rich in cannabidiol, or CBD — a nonintoxicating compound used to treat seizures and inflammation. Because CBD is found in lower ratios in most marijuana varieties, the company hopes its new high-CBD strain will make its products easier and cheaper to refine.

“This is potentially a huge cost saver,” said Dr. Kyle Kingsley, CEO of MinnMed and its parent company, Vireo Health.

Mon
07
Dec

Decision Looms on Use of Medical Pot for Pain in Minnesota

That, combined with the stories from people suffering from constant pain, ultimately outweighed the medical community’s concerns that there’s not enough evidence to use medical marijuana to treat pain.

Minnesota legislators in 2014 approved using products of the marijuana plant for nine specific health issues, but left the decision about whether intractable pain – severe pain that otherwise can not be treated – up to the health commissioner.

Mon
07
Dec

Marijuana is no longer just a drug, therapeutic pill as legally

Cannabis treatment is helpful for some diseases. Some countries legally approved use of marijuana.

3 Surprising Industries That Would Benefit if Marijuana Was Legalized

When it comes to fast-growing industries, there may be none with better growth prospects than marijuana. Based on some estimates, legalizing marijuana across the country could lead to a $35 billion market. Separately, NerdWallet has suggested that legalizing marijuana would generate around $3.1 billion in annual tax revenue for states and potentially the federal government.

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