The state Department of Health has proposed amending its regulations to
allow hospitals to develop procedures under which patients could take
medical marijuana and other medications brought from home.
While not specifically outlawed now by department regulations, the
amendment would give explicit permission for hospitals to formulate their
own rules about patient use of medical marijuana, Jill Montag, a Health
Department spokeswoman, said in an email.
Hospitals that want to permit self-administration of medical marijuana or
other medications "must develop and follow policies and procedures to
ensure the safe self-administration and security of the medication,"
according to the Health Department's proposed amendment to the state's
Medical Marijuana Program.
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Pot -- or not pot. That seems to be the question.
Two North Dakota farmers on Wednesday took their battle to grow
industrial hemp to the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in St.
Paul, where their attorney argued that hemp is so distinct from
marijuana that it should not be subject to federal regulation. At
stake, say hemp sellers and would-be farmers, is a potentially
booming commodity that would help U.S. growers and consumers alike.
"I get real excited about it because of our economic times. It's a
crop that would be very, very lucrative," said Lynn Gordon, owner of
the French Meadow Bakery, who attended oral arguments at the U.S.
Courthouse in St. Paul. French Meadow makes Healthy Hemp bread,
muffins and bagels -- all big sellers, Gordon said -- but must buy
its hemp from Canada.
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Students Faint, Get Dizzy After Graphic Slide Show
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - How did an assembly on the dangers of
methamphetamine cause three students to faint and eight others to
feel dizzy at Hutchinson High School on Thursday?
Well, to hear Principal Ron Johnson tell it, it's a multiple-choice
A) You can blame it on an abnormally warm gymnasium holding nearly
Or: B) It could be because the 11 hadn't eaten breakfast.
And, oh yeah, there is also:
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Carmela Raiti was drawn to the Palisades Center last night to learn more
about the temptations of alcohol and other drugs facing the children she knows.
She was skeptical that drug use was as low as the third survey by the
Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education indicated it was for Rockland
pre-teens and teens.
"I think there's easier access to drugs than we as parents want to
believe," said Raiti, a Chestnut Ridge mother of a 15-year-old son and an
11-year-old daughter. "There's a lot of peer pressure and opportunities out
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