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September Update on Prescription Drugs, Cannabis, and Climate

Thursday, September 19, 2019


I hope all is well and you're enjoying our second summer! I wanted to touch base on a few events we're putting together this month on the cost of prescription drugs, cannabis, and climate. 

The cost of insulin and prescription drugs

We are holding a series of Community Conversations outside of the Capitol to address the soaring cost of insulin and prescription drugs.

The meetings, in Burnsville, Richfield, St. Cloud, and Shorewood, are an opportunity for us to hear personal stories, for Minnesotans to learn about solutions under discussion at the Legislature, and for us to work together to put pressure on Big Pharma to end price gouging. 

We’re concluding the meetings with a formal public hearing at the Capitol on September 26 to discuss what we learned and how to move forward. House Speaker Melissa Hortman announced this week that an emergency insulin bill will be ready for a formal hearing by that time. 

Be Heard on Cannabis

We’re inviting Minnesotans to join the conversation about how to legalize responsible adult-use cannabis so we can allow veterans to legally get care for PTSD and chronic pain without turning to opioids, to bring forward criminal justice reform for the thousands of minor offenders who have been swept up in our criminal justice system, and allow law enforcement to focus on more dangerous crimes. 

We want to hear what Minnesotans think, which is why we launched statewide Community Conversations on Cannabis to hear from people in every corner of our state. There will be one in Minneapolis on September 25: 

What: Community Conversation on Cannabis
When: Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 PM
Where: Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 

Climate Action Caucus

On Friday, hundreds of Minnesota students will kick off Climate Action Week by participating in the worldwide Youth Climate Strike. My colleagues and I are standing in solidarity with the students as they prepare to strike. To show our support, we’ve formed a new Climate Action Caucus. We will work with Minnesotans on a comprehensive plan to fight climate change and create a future in which we all thrive. 

In Our Community

It was an honor to participate in the grand opening of the Louis - 70 apartments affordable housing for families in Prospect Park neighborhood by Aeon. Thanks to a collaborative effort by several public, private and nonprofit organizations!

We got an opportunity to go behind the scenes tour at the Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) at UoM in our district. SAFL is one of the world's premier laboratories for hydraulic engineering. There are a lot of amazing research and development going on at this lab. Thanks to staff for the wonderful tour.

As always, please continue to reach out with questions and comments! I enjoy hearing from you. 


Rep. Mohamud Noor