Ed Ehlinger

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    September 9, 2014

    State of Minnesota now hiring the best marijuana growers

    Through early October, the state is accepting applications from entities interested in becoming one of Minnesota's two official medical marijuana growers.Via a spokesperson, family members from one prominent Twin Cities business, Bachman's Floral Gift & Garden Centers, told the Minneapolis/St. P ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    MN Health Department is asking cannabis growers to help shape new program

    State officials don't know squat about pot. But in time, they will. The rules governing Minnesota's medical cannabis program, which went out last week, are only a first draft based on conversations with other states and a review of relevant literature. They are an impressive one at that, but a bes ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Minnesota picks Michelle Larson to head state's medical pot program

    Minnesota's Department of Health finally made its pick to head up the new medical cannabis program yesterday, picking department vet Michelle Larson to lead the program as it prepares to launch over the next year. Larson comes to the program after nearly a decade with the department, and while she ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    Mark Dayton signs medical marijuana bill [UPDATES]

    :::: UPDATE :::: This morning, Governor Dayton signed the bill into law."I thank everyone who worked together to craft and pass this legislation," the governor says in a statement. "I pray it will bring to the victims of ravaging illnesses the relief they are hoping for." ::::: UPDATE II ::::You ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Legislators send conservative medical marijuana bill to governor's desk over lone protest

    A committee of Minnesota legislators chaired by Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) voted 5-1 Thursday on a single medical marijuana bill that more closely resembles the ultra-conservative House version. In less than a week, Dibble went from lobbying for his cheaper and more inclusive bill to givi ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Scott Dibble: the Senate medical marijuana bill is better, and here's why

    The fight for medical marijuana moves this week to a conference committee, where two very different bills must be reconciled into one package before dropping on Gov. Mark Dayton's desk. Dayton has suggested that he's more inclined to sign the House version, which Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Medical marijuana bill clears senate health committee hurdle

    A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota passed a health committee Friday with an amendment calling for a health impact study. The study mirrors a recent compromise offered by Gov. Mark Dayton and his staff but would be conducted alongside the proposed medical marijuana program rath ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    MN NORML rallies at the capitol for pot reform

    Demonstrators descended on the state capitol rotunda Wednesday thrusting fists and signs into the air with chants of "yes, we cannabis!" For two hours, the hallways echoed with the voices of cops, writers, pols, and lawyers invited by Minnesota NORML, which lobbies for marijuana reform. They rubbe ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Public health commissioner Ed Ehlinger testifies against senate medical marijuana bill

    The senate version of a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Minnesota got its first hearing Thursday, undergoing two hours of testimony and proving that the issue is not dead. Time ran out before members of the Health, Human Services and Housing Committee could vote, but they plan ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Gov. Dayton proposes replacing medical marijuana bill with health studies

    Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton asked members of his staff to work on a medical marijuana bill that he could possibly sign into law. Here it is -- a seven-page proposal that seems destined to make everyone happy except the actual supporters of medical marijuana. Rather than green light a distribution s ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    2012 was a banner year for chlamydia in Minnesota; STDs increased overall

    According to the latest data from the Minnesota Department of Health, last year set a record for the number of reported chlamydia cases in Minnesota. In 2012, there were 18,048 cases, a 7 percent increase over the 16,898 reported the year prior.SEE ALSO: Male birth control pill, Gamendazole, being d ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    More than half of Minnesotans report "adverse" experiences as kids

    People tend to think, or at least hope, that most kids have trauma-free childhoods. But a Minnesota Department of Health survey released yesterday afternoon shows that the opposite is more common.See Also:- Minnesotans have a lot of STDs- Erin Brockovich investigating Fridley's elevated cancer rates