MN Health Department is asking cannabis growers to help shape new program

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Manny Munson-Regala, an assistant public health commissioner, speaks to interested growers at the Minnesota Historical Center
State officials don't know squat about pot. But in time, they will.

The rules governing Minnesota's medical cannabis program, which went out last week, are only a first draft based on conversations with other states and a review of relevant literature. They are an impressive one at that, but a best guess of what it takes to get off the ground in a crazy quick period of time.

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By December, the health department must be able to judge the merits of a cannabis growing operation and award certificates to two "manufacturers." For help, those same officials are urging applicants to be honest and to create guidelines for things like security and chemical composition.

On Friday, Manny Munson-Regala, an assistant health department commissioner and a lawyer by training, told an auditorium of potential growers, "We need your guys' input."

Although there's nothing in the law prohibiting the state from partnering with growers, it's obvious that the state wants to put healthy distance between itself and the program. If Uncle Sam ever intervenes, Minnesota can say it's only doing its duty as a regulator. Everyone else is completely exposed and left with an intimidating number of what ifs.

The cost of getting set up as a grower is enormous -- about $10 million, according to Eric Reichwald, a local political consultant who now works for the Colorado-based Tears of Luv, which is hoping to get into the laboratory side of the equation. The state requires that each manufacturer contract with a third party to test samples and assure that what's going out to the public is consistent and safe. That by itself is a $1 million operation.

The commissioner of public health, Dr. Ed Ehlinger, is said to be considering whether "intractable pain" should be added to the list of qualifying conditions. If he does, it'll add thousands more people to the program, and force the manufacturers to act quickly and meet the new demand.

So who's bold enough to take on all this risk and pressure and expense? Some are obviously in it to make a buck (or try to) while others frame it as a Great Moment in History. Chris Stubbs, a scientist who's working with a mystery client from Colorado, speaks of the plant's ability to change lives.

"People are in tears," he says. "They can eat and sleep and bang their wives again. That's literally what they're telling me."



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Sentinel-Med
Sentinel-Med

The bill has only caused more confusion among the commoners like me. Why was it stopped from being passed and now that has been passed, why the noise?We ache to look for a middle path that ensures that the program functions smoothly and is also not very stringent with its clauses. The fact that a large population was growing cannabis on their won is a fact that needs to be accepted like a bitter pill. Since the onset of this bill people who cannot sleep without taking marijuana or are in extreme pain are a worried lot. The sooner we find a solution the better it is.


kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Keep this cannabis thing in front, that way Low Information rubes wont' pay attention to the Shootings in DT Murderapolis.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

Rupar!  why would you include erroneous disinformation?  10 million dollars! you could buy an entire op for a million from any idiot in CO

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

"People are in tears," he says. "They can eat and sleep and bang their wives again. That's literally what they're telling me." So Marijuana is a time machine??

Jebus
Jebus

Uh oh, a brown face!  The white supremacists/GOPers aren't going to like that. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kurt124 Low information voters elect people like Michele Bachmann.  Low information voters are also usually only smart enough to write a sentence before their brain gets tired.   The also randomly capitalize letters in the middle of a sentence.  Low information voters also often make grammar mistakes like spelling won't as wont'.     Nice try at pretending to be smart.  Next time you might want to proofread stupid.   It's only one sentence.  Was that too much for your tiny brain to handle?  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Because that would make too much sense and cost too little money.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol But those are the Morons you vote for.  You know, the Governmentcrats that will Unionize the Regulators of said cannabis.

SeniorCitizen
SeniorCitizen

Interesting analogy.  Actually it's about as close to a time machine as I ever experienced from  a "drug."  I do sleep like a baby at night, eat like a teenager (which I have to watch,) and would like to bang the wife far more than she likes.  I wish she would use cannabis to fix that but I don't see it ever happening.  Still, I'm not willing to adjust by giving up this plant and feeling old for her sake.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Jebus You brought it up. you racist fuck DFL projector.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran You are such a phony fraud ming.   Here the DFL is taking real steps towards ending the War on Drugs and all you can do is whine and complain.  Some libertarian.  You don't care about ending the War on Drugs or changing the world.  You only care about complaining.    Seriously you are pathetic ming.  Just a total phony.   If you really cared about small government you would be doing everything you could to end the War on Drugs.  The second the DFL tries something in that direction all you do is complain.    You are a boring whiny partisan fraud.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kurt124 Wahhhhhhhh wahhhhhhhhh the DFL is doing things and changing the world but the little baby has to complain.  Republicans are incapable of running a government.  They are stupid bigot clowns who get nothing done.   People are tired of stupid crybabies like you.  You don't want to fix any problems.  You just want to complain.   Go cry more crybaby.  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124  you have no idea what im talking about do you?


this is strategic disinformation!  for 10 million dollars i could buy 10 fully functional operations. 



MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran Why are you pretending you aren't a racist ming?   You've said racist things on many stories.  Just be proud of being a racist creep. 

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @kurt124 Wrong answer.  Newsflash:  The GOP is not in power moron, your clowns are running the show.    

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