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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota cancer patients who experience severe symptoms like vomiting and nausea may find relief in medical marijuana, according to a new study. Researchers from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Oncology Research Center at HealthPartners/Park Nicollet surveyed 1,120 cancer patients who enrolled in the state medical cannabis program between July 2015 and the end of 2017.
MINNEAPOLIS -- How do you turn a football stadium into a basketball arena? You take it one piece at a time. About two dozen workers laid slabs of hard maple timber — harvested from northern Wisconsin — down in U.S. Bank Stadium on Friday until the court came together like a puzzle. The endeavor, which spanned several hours, set the stage for the nation’s four best college basketball teams. They will square off at next weekend’s Final Four.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers are taking steps to rein in the costs of prescription drugs and hold pharmaceutical companies accountable. But Democrats in the House and Republicans in the Senate have not come to terms on the best ways to do it. At a press conference at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 26,House Democrats detailed a series of bills and said Republicans in the Senate have given them little airtime. They stood next to several Minnesotans whose lives have been affected by the soaring costs of insulin and other prescription drugs.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and attorneys general from eight other states and the District of Columbia filed a brief in support of a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s decision to end legal immigration status for thousands of Liberians. About 4,000 Liberians are protected by the Deferred Enforced Departure program, which allowed them to escape war and natural disasters in their home country. That program will be terminated on Sunday, March 31, per a Trump administration order made last year.
ST. PAUL — Members of a task force charged with evaluating Minnesota’s medical cannabis program say the group is ineffective and poorly run. It didn’t even meet for a two-year stretch. The state set up the task force when it legalized medical marijuana in 2014. State law said the group would hold hearings to assess patient experiences, access and other issues. The program is not working for many of the patients who need it. High prices have pushed many patients into the black market and the state’s two growers have lost millions because of a strict tax structure.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s medical marijuana program has struggled for years as the flaws in its design have caused issue after issue. New patients are leaving the program in droves, turning to the black market or prescription opioids because they cannot afford the processed pills and oils that are legal. Growers are losing millions because of a strict tax structure written into the law.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota’s medical marijuana program is often called one of the most restrictive in the country. Why? The drug is available only in the form of pills and liquids; the plant is illegal. There are just two manufacturers. And only patients who have one of 13 severe conditions can qualify. Actually, those are just a few of the reasons. Here are five more things you may not know about the medical cannabis program.
ST. PAUL - Katy Cummins-Bakko was wrapped in a haze that confined her to bed. Her husband was downstairs in their St. Paul home with friends and she could hear the chatter of life, just out of reach. Her heart pulled toward the living room but she could not join them. It was not her connective tissue disease, which can trigger pain or dislocation with each step, that kept her bedridden. It was the nearly 200 milligrams of OxyContin and Oxycodone she took each day to treat it.
What is it and who can use it? In Minnesota, medical marijuana is available in the form of pills, liquids and vaporizable oils; the plant form is illegal. Only those who have one of 13 severe conditions can enroll in Minnesota’s medical cannabis program. Some of those conditions include intractable pain, muscle spasms, cancer or terminal illness, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder. See the full list here .
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