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ST. PAUL — Autism and obstructive sleep apnea will be qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use in Minnesota next summer, the regulating state agency announced Thursday, Nov. 30. Beginning July 1, 2018, patients with those conditions will be able to enroll in the state's medical marijuana program, with approved patients allowed to receive medical cannabis starting Aug. 1. The conditions become the 12th and 13th qualifying conditions for the Minnesota Department of Health program that started in 2014.
MINNEAPOLIS — Researchers have completed a unique study of sex trafficking in Minnesota that could set the stage to develop the country's most in-depth model to combat the trade. The University of Minnesota's Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center used a qualitative approach to better understand the patterns of sex buying in Minnesota, interviewing more than 150 social service personnel, law enforcement officials and prosecutors in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota medical marijuana patients report significant benefits of its use, according to a recent survey released by the state. A majority of patients said they believed the benefits of switching from other medication to medical cannabis have been substantial, according to early data from a Department of Health survey of patients from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016..
NNEAPOLIS -- A lawsuit filed by environmentalist groups against the federal government is expected to have broad implications on several oil pipeline development projects in North Dakota and Minnesota.
By Robb Jeffries MINNEAPOLIS - The early hour gave the moment a subdued feel, but three of the first people affected by Minnesota’s new medical marijuana law were feeling a flood of emotion. The state’s medical marijuana went into effect Wednesday, and the prospect of medical marijuana has given hope to many families in Minnesota who have had loved ones suffer from conditions that have not responded to traditional medicine. “What we asked for was safe access to cannabis and consultation from our doctors, but what we got was much more,” said Patrick McClellan
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Friday granted one of two necessary permits to Enbridge for its proposed Sandpiper pipeline, a project that has been met with repeated protests in Minnesota. The certificate of need unanimously granted by the commission verifies Enbridge subsidiary North Dakota Pipeline Co. demonstrated a need to ship crude oil via pipeline from the Bakken oil fields to Enbridge's existing infrastructure in Superior, Wis.
Emma Lockridge's neighbors are dying. Lockridge lives in Detroit, near a Marathon crude oil refinery—although she would take exception to the term "near." "It is a nightmare you cannot even imagine," she said.
By Robb Jeffries/ Minnesota Capitol Bureau St.. PAUL -- A busy week in the future of oil in America will culminate in the largest anti-tar sands event ever to take place in the Midwest on Saturday along the banks of the Mississippi River, organizers say. The Tar Sands Resistance March will start at Lambert Landing in St. Paul at 10 a.m. Saturday and will proceed to the State Capitol lawn, where a rally and concert will be held.
By Robb Jeffries / Minnesora Capitol Bureau PRINCETON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ fleet of wildfire-combating airplanes has doubled this year, and not a moment too soon. Dozens of wildfires have local and regional firefighters in full alert across the state. Ron Stoffel, the DNR’s wildfire suppression supervisor, estimated his department responded to “about 50 or 60” different wildfires across the state Thursday alone, with the six new FireBoss airplanes helping combat 15 of those fires.
The first public hearing of a weeklong tour of the state regarding the proposed Sandpiper pipeline Monday afternoon had a very different feel to it than past Minnesota Public Utilities Commission meetings on the subject. The commission held the hearing in a ballroom at the RiverCenter. In past public hearings about the Sandpiper, members of the public had been denied entry to the commission’s chambers due to capacity concerns.