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Melissa Etheridge Busted for Possession in North Dakota and She's All Smiles

Melissa Etheridge Busted for Possession in North Dakota and She’s All Smiles

Melissa Etheridge Busted for Possession in North Dakota and She’s All Smiles

Singer-Songwriter Melissa Etheridge has long been an advocate of medical marijuana and on Aug. 17, 2017, her advocacy met a prohibition reality when she was charged with simple possession in North Dakota, but Etheridge kept it all smiles for her mug shot.

History of Marijuana in Minnesota

History of Marijuana in Minnesota

Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, so it isn’t particularly known for its marijuana, but the plant has a history with the state dating back when hemp production was common. Hemp became a cash crop in the state but by 1957, the federal government banned hemp production completely. Many marijuana supporters are fighting to make the law more inclusive and hopefully, to legalize recreational marijuana in Minnesota.


Majority of Minnesota Medical Cannabis Patients Saw Benefit During the Program’s First Year

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — A majority of Minnesota patients using medical cannabis reported benefits during the first year of the program, according to early data from a first-of-its-kind study by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Rep. Applebaum Introduces Bill to Legalize Marijuana in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Deputy Minority Leader, State Rep. Jon Applebaum (DFL – Minnetonka) today announced plans to introduce a bill to legalize the personal, recreational use of marijuana in the state of Minnesota. Under the legislation, the state would regulate marijuana in a similar fashion to alcohol, with purchase, possession, and use only permitted by those aged 21 or older.

State Marijuana Regulators Move to The Private Sector

State Marijuana Regulators Move to The Private Sector

Some state officials who were tasked with regulating legal marijuana have moved to private sector jobs like consulting and lobbying, according to The Hill. Andrew Freedman and Lewis Koski, former marijuana regulators in Colorado’s state government, are now consultants for state and local governments looking for help with regulations.

In Minnesota, Disagreement Over Medical Marijuana for PTSD

In Minnesota, Disagreement Over Medical Marijuana for PTSD

In Minnesota, medicinal cannabis companies and the state’s health commissioner disagree with the state Veterans Affairs regarding the use of medical marijuana for PTSD. The controversy centers around the commissioner’s decision to include PTSD among the conditions that qualify for medical marijuana, while Veterans Affairs prohibits its use.


State Medical Cannabis Program to Add PTSD as Qualifying Condition

ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 1, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger today announced the decision to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a new qualifying condition for the state’s medical cannabis program.

Ohio Bill Would Limit Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

Ohio Bill Would Limit Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

In Ohio, a bill limiting reciprocity between other medical marijuana states has been submitted to the legislature. Under existing law, Ohio has the ability to enter into reciprocity agreements with other medical marijuana states that have similar patient requirements.

Report: Minnesota's Medical Cannabis Program Benefitting Patients

Report: Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Program Benefitting Patients

On June 6, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Health issued a report on survey results collected from patients in the state’s medical cannabis program, revealing that a majority of patients have benefited substantially from using legal medical cannabis.


Medical Marijuana Working For Minnesota Patients

A recent survey of Minnesota’s medical marijuana patients found 90 percent said the drug was beneficial. The survey, conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health, queried 435 patients using medical marijuana. The pollsters discovered only 10 percent of medical marijuana patients experienced “little to no change.”

Vireo Health Smuggling

Minnesota Investigating Vireo Health in Possible Smuggling Scheme

According to Lohud.com, recent court records show that Vireo Health, parent company of Minnesota Medical Solutions and Vireo Health New York, has been accused of illegally taking approximately $500,000 of medical cannabis oil from Minnesota and smuggling it into New York.


Former Minnesota Regulator Takes Reins at LeafLine Labs

Minnesota is one of the most tightly regulated marijuana states in the United States at the moment. Only two licenses were approved for the entire state last year to serve the country’s first legislatively defined “smokeless state.”

Minnesota Investors

Minnesota Marijuana Mad or Mindful?

Investors are eyeing the Minnesota market carefully following a Senate Health and Human Services Committee decision on April 25, 2014, to refer a medical marijuana bill to a full sitting of the upper house for consideration. The bipartisan vote was a surprising three to seven in favor. The proposal has a bumpy road ahead of it, seeing that Gov. Mark Dayton favors research first.

Bill Held Over Caution

Medical Marijuana Bill Delayed in Minnesota

Tensions have been running high in Minnesota lately, with Gov. Mark Dayton facing a television commercial that openly accuses him of singlehandedly blocking medical marijuana. However, he isn’t blocking all medical marijuana, rather he has been trying to steamroll a restricted measure that only permits medical marijuana for seizure disorders. Activists have discounted this because it deprives many other patients of the benefits.