The state’s 2014 law allowing sales of medical marijuana pills, oils and vapors took effect in July, and state health officials said recently they would expand the burgeoning program to include patients suffering from intractable pain.
Lawmakers and medical experts on the Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research met Tuesday to discuss that Minnesota Department of Health decision, a move that is expected to grow the program by thousands of participants.
“I do think there needs to be more conversation and a broader consensus about what that means,” said Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger.
The task force also discussed its report to the Legislature and the results of a survey on medical professionals’ attitudes toward medical cannabis.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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