STATEMENT OF KYLE KINGSLEY, M.D., CEO OF MINNESOTA MEDICAL SOLUTIONS AND VIREO HEALTH ON FEDERAL ANNOUNCEMENT ON MEDICAL CANNABIS RESEARCH

Statement of

Kyle Kingsley, M.D.

CEO of Minnesota Medical Solutions (MinnMed) and Vireo Health

Re: Federal announcement removing barrier to medical research

 

August 11, 2016

 

“This is a modest step in the right direction that will help us build on a growing body of research documenting the effectiveness of cannabis-based medicines. That’s good for physicians who need better research, and for patients who deserve the best possible treatments.

 

Ultimately, we strongly support the enactment of the bi-partisan CARERS Act that would acknowledge the scientific evidence that cannabis has accepted medical use and truly empower states to regulate their own medical cannabis programs. Today we made progress, but additional federal reforms are needed to help make medical cannabis more affordable and accessible to patients.”

 

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Background: MinnMed operates four Patient Centers located in Bloomington, Minneapolis, Moorhead and Rochester. More background is available MinnMed at minnesotamedicalsolutions.com.

 

In May 2016, Minnesota Department of Health research found that about 90 percent of Minnesota patients were experiencing benefits from cannabis- based medicines.

 

Background on the CARERS Act at gillibrand.senate.gov/issues/medical- marijuana.