POST-BULLETIN: KYLE KINGSLEY: CAN CANNABIS-BASED MEDICINE LIMIT THE STATE’S OPIOID EPIDEMIC?

As a former emergency medicine physician, I’ve seen my share of patients suffering due to opioid addiction and overdoses. After all, more than 1,000 people per day are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Americans can’t keep using opioids, such as oxycodone, morphine, and hydromorphone, the way we have been, because they are highly habit forming and deadly. In 2014, the CDC reported that almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids.

Read Dr. Kingsley’s full op-ed here.

VALLY NEWS LIVE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY OPENS IN MOORHEAD

A medical marijuana dispensary opened in downtown Moorhead Saturday.

It’s the third dispensary in Minnesota. Minnesota Medical Solutions says they have administered more than a million doses this year.

Patients can get the medicine in many forms. Something interesting about this place? Your doctor only refers you to them, they make the decision on how much medicine you receive.

Read more and watch the full video here.

WDAY-TV: MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY TO OPEN ITS DOORS IN MOORHEAD

After months of delays, Moorhead’s medical marijuana dispensary will open its doors next Saturday.

Minnesota patients have been able to use cannabis for almost a year.

The majority of the state’s first customers say they’re happy with the drug’s results.

Workers are putting the finishing touches on this Moorhead dispensary right now.

Read more and watch the full video here.

PIONEER PRESS: MOST USING MEDICAL MARIJUANA REPORT BENEFITS, MINNESOTA SURVEY FINDS

A vast majority who participated in a Minnesota survey report at least mild health benefits of medical marijuana.

When asked whether they had experienced “no to little,” “mild to moderate,” or “significant” benefits from the drug, 66 percent of patients responding to the Minnesota Department of Health survey reported “significant” benefits. Another 24 percent reported “mild or moderate” benefits.

The state sent the survey to 435 patients who made their first purchases during the first three months of the state’s medical marijuana program; just over half of the patients responded.

Read more here.

SUN CURRENT: MEDICAL MARIJUANA TO BE DISPENSED IN BLOOMINGTON

Bloomington is set to become the area hub for medical marijuana distribution with the city council’s approval of a conditional-use permit and distribution facility license for a proposed dispensary.

The council’s unanimous approval of the proposal during its May 2 meeting opens the door for Minnesota Medical Solutions, also known as MinnMed, to open its doors at a Bloomington shopping center near the intersection of Interstate 494 and Highway 100. The business is aiming to open its dispensary by July 1.

The business will occupy the central portion of a retail center at 5200 W. 84th St., according to City Planner Nick Johnson.

Read more here.

STAR TRIBUNE: MINNESOTA MEDICAL MARIJUANA COMPANY PETITIONS GOOGLE TO ACCEPT ITS ADS

Thousands of people have signed a Minnesota company’s petition to Google, asking the search engine to accept online ads for medical marijuana.

Minnesota-based Vireo Health has been trying for months to get Google to accept ads for a string of clinics it operates in New York. But Google rejected each ad, citing its policy against promoting “dangerous products or services.”

Read more here.