Minnesota

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.

Sun
06
Dec

Intractable? Key word in medical marijuana expansion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One word carries a lot of weight in Minnesota health officials' decision to expand its medical marijuana to pain patients: intractable.

The state's definition of what qualifies as "intractable pain" has big implications starting in August for how many new people will begin buying via the state program.

Here's a look at what that means for the state's struggling program and the people who hope to buy medical marijuana to soothe their pain.

WHAT DOES INTRACTABLE MEAN?

Medical marijuana has been strictly defined under Minnesota's law, and that continues with intractable pain.

Thu
03
Dec

Pain added to list of conditions for medical cannabis in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health will add "intractable pain" to the list of qualifying medical conditions for medical cannabis. Patients certified as having intractable pain will be eligible to receive medical cannabis from the state’s two medical cannabis manufacturers, LeafLien Labs and Minnesota Medical Soltions, on Aug. 1, 2016. 

Thu
03
Dec

Minnesota OKs using medical pot for pain

The Minnesota Health Department says it will expand the legal use of medical marijuana to cover people with intractable pain.

The department's top leaders announced their decision Wednesday after several meetings around the state to gather public input.

"The relative scarcity of firm evidence made this a difficult decision," Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger said in a statement.

Wed
02
Dec

Minnesota's decision on medical marijuana for pain looms

The Minnesota Health Department is set to announce whether it will expand the legal use of medical marijuana to cover people with intractable pain.

The department's top leaders were due to announce their decision Wednesday after several meetings around the state to gather public input.

Medical marijuana's use was restricted to just a handful of conditions when legislators approved it. That disappointed supporters of the drug and has held down enrollment, leading to higher costs for those using it.

A decision on wehther to add chronic pain had been legally required by Jan. 1.

Wed
25
Nov

Medical cannabis conference held in Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Marijuana and for that matter medical marijuana has been a hot topic across the country. Although Minnesota and Iowa have allowed some medical cannabis, this issue still divides many and on Tuesday a talk on this very issue took place in Rochester.

A room full of people at the Mayo Civic Center got to experience the first-ever medical cannabis conference in the state, with many looking to learn more. “On how you can use cannabis in your life without it making you high or without it being psychoactive,” CEO of Green Heart Oregon Payton Curry says. “This is kind of the first step educating the public, educating law enforcement and professionals with other professionals within the community,” Co-Founder of Sensible Minnesota Maren Schroeder adds.

Fri
20
Nov

Minnesota must strike a balance on medical marijuana and pain

Health commissioner should keep an open mind after panel rules against drug’s use for intractable pain. 
 

It’s a safe bet that Minnesota’s Advisory Panel on Intractable Pain would have vetoed the state’s entire 2014 medical marijuana law if its cautious members had been given a chance.

Tue
17
Nov

Poll: Overwhelming Support To Expand Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Program

Minnesota has one of the most restrictive medical marijuana programs in the country. For starters, patients are not allowed to smoke medical marijuana – they can only eat it or vaporize it. Also, Minnesota does not allow home cultivation. Only two entities are allowed to grow medical marijuana in Minnesota. Minnesota has one of the smallest lists of qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient out of states that have legalized medical marijuana. Below is the current list of qualifying conditions, per the Minnesota Department of Health:

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