CBD, a cannabis compound, is in everything from gumdrops to bath bombs.
In Maplewood Mall, holiday shoppers pick up CBD tinctures from an
organic hemp farm at the Nothing But Hemp kiosk. Festive gift sets
with CBD-infused body lotions, shampoos and soaps are available a few
miles away at Minnesota Hempdropz. Spot Spa in Minneapolis has CBD oil
massages on its list of services and tries to keep pricey gourmet
gumdrops from "aspirational" CBD purveyor Lord Jones on its shelves.
The problem? They continually sell out.
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Legalizing marijuana is looming as a next big political showdown at
the Minnesota State Capitol.
Fully legalizing marijuana in Minnesota is looming as a next big
political showdown at the Capitol, as a growing number of states are
ending bans on recreational cannabis.
Gov.-elect Tim Walz, who favors ending marijuana prohibition, will
replace Gov. Mark Dayton, who doesn't. A new Democratic House majority
will debate proposals to legalize next year and will likely take votes
on the issue as soon as 2019 or 2020. And, not one but two legal pot
parties -- the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party and Legal Marijuana
Now Party -- emerged with 5 percent of the vote in statewide
elections, giving them "major party status," which means automatic
ballot access and the chance for campaign subsidies.
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The Minnesota Department of Health is adding the degenerative
neurological disorder to its cannabis program, which includes cancer
pain, epileptic seizures, PTSD and autism. Research is limited, but
findings suggest that cannabis inhibits the formation of proteins
linked to memory loss and dementia.
Alzheimer's disease will be eligible for treatment with medical
marijuana in Minnesota starting next year, becoming the 14th health
condition certified by the state since the program began in 2015.
The Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday that it was adding
the degenerative neurological disorder to its cannabis program, which
already includes cancer pain, epileptic seizures, post-traumatic
stress disorder and autism.
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Researchers at the University of Minnesota are getting closer to
clinical trials of a vaccine for opioid addiction.
Three studies published in the past six months show incremental
success, including one in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental
Therapeutics that demonstrated that a vaccine could prevent oxycodone
and heroin opioid molecules from reaching the brain.
"We are getting closer," said Marco Pravetoni, the lead researcher who
has been studying a vaccine to treat addiction for 10 years.
A vaccine to confront addiction might sound unusual, but it would work
like any vaccine by stimulating the immune system to produce
antibodies. Instead of targeting influenza or poliovirus, the
antibodies would be coaxed to bind to opioid molecules and prevent
them from crossing the bloodstream barrier to the brain.
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With decriminalization advancing coast to coast, legalized pot appears
on its way, and Minnesota will light up the debate this year. Change
I don't smoke marijuana. There are secret purchases required, plus the
learning of code, dealer etiquette, dosing expertise, exotic strains,
the latest artisanal delivery systems, and it all sounds way too
Also, because it's easy to forget this detail, pot is illegal.
But even if pot were decriminalized tomorrow - a proposal on the table
at the State Capitol - the chances of my racing out to score some
"Chronicles of Narnia" and then heading home to roll up a fatty are,
well, slim. Unlike Bill Clinton, the one time I did blaze up, over 20
years ago, I inhaled quite deeply enough to find the effect
unpleasant. Some of us have all the feelings of alienation and
existential weirdness you could ask for, thank you very much.
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Latest stops in northwestern Minnesota show surge of drug traffic into
It seemed like an innocuous driving violation: A woman was motoring
through Otter Tail County in northwestern Minnesota with an obstructed
license plate. Then the observant state trooper discovered she was
sitting on packages of marijuana.
Troopers seized more than 300 pounds of the weed during the stop last
Friday, the latest of several large pot busts the State Patrol has
made in the past few weeks and a sign that the surge of large
quantities of pot and illegal drugs into Minnesota is continuing.
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There aren't a lot of concrete answers as to why marijuana transactions
are deadlier, but there are theories.
The morning Kim Ambers turned 50, her oldest son, Richard Ambers,
called to wish her a happy birthday. I love you, he told her.
It was a tradition for the Ambers family members to see one another on
birthdays, but Kim Ambers' celebration would have to wait. Richard was
working and had a Halloween party afterward. The whole family would go
out for breakfast the next day, on Oct. 29, 2016.
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