Angela Brown charged for giving medical marijuana to her ailing son

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Angela Brown and her son, Trey.
In a year, she'd be applauded as nothing more and nothing less than a law-abiding, caring mom. But fact is, Minnesota's medical marijuana law hasn't gone into effect and won't until next summer, so instead, Angela Brown faces criminal charges.

The Madison, Minnesota resident has been hit with two gross misdemeanor charges for giving medical marijuana to her son, Trey, who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was struck in the head by a baseball in the spring of 2011.

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Marijuana Policy Project on how to improve the medical cannabis program for everyone

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Earlier this month, high-ranking folks from the health department staffers gave an all-day presentation about pot. They urged the public to take a look at the first draft of rules governing the program, as well as the application for growers, and be honest.

In response, the DC-based Marijuana Policy Project, whose lobbyists played a key role in getting legislation passed here, submitted a six-page critique. The goal, writes Robert Capecchi, a deputy director, should be to avoid regulating the growers out of business while offering protections for patients and the facilities that produce the medicine.

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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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Meeting for potential pot producers moved to an auditorium to accommodate 220 people

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Friday's cannabis meeting has been moved to accommodate a larger-than-anticipated pool of potential producers. So large, in fact, that the Minnesota Department of Health has reserved the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center.

The new address is 345 W. Kellogg Boulevard, in St. Paul, and the event starts at 9 a.m. The number of RSVPs is close to 220, according to a spokesman for the health department.

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MN Department of Health releases early rules, application for pot producers

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The Minnesota Department of Health on Friday released rules governing future medical cannabis manufacturers, stressing that the 40-page document is only a first draft. State officials acknowledge that the rules are pretty vague, but also ask for public feedback.

The security requirements are no joke. Manufacturers will be prohibited from employing anyone with a felony criminal record and must visually record the entrances of their facilities 24-hours a day -- even in the event of a power outage. The vehicles transporting cannabis are not allowed to make stops away from facilities and fueling stations. Their routes must be random.

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Lawyers petition Supreme Court to get in on medical cannabis

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Medical cannabis is quickly becoming a lucrative business in Minnesota, with potential manufacturers and consulting companies wanting to get in on the action. But one group -- lawyers -- is being locked out of the market so far by their own code of ethics, and they're trying to get it fixed as soon as possible.

The law firm Thompson Hall sent a petition to the Minnesota Supreme Court last week looking to change the state's rules for lawyers. Right now, the rules say that lawyers can't give advice to those applying to be one of the state's two cannabis manufacturers. The conflict boils down to a few lines in the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct, basically an ethics guide for lawyers in the state.

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Gov. Dayton's medical cannabis task force meets for the first time

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The last time we heard legislators arguing about medical cannabis, it was in May, with politicians, law enforcement officials, and activists taking swings at each other over how broad the legislation should be. The bill the state ultimately passed was underwhelming, and left several legislators fuming over just how narrow it was.

On Thursday, those same legislators, activists, and law enforcement officials gathered together again, for the first meeting of the state's 23-member medical marijuana task force. This time, the mood was far more cordial.

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Medical cannabis task force meeting changed

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Take note, people: The location of Thursday's medical cannabis task force meeting has changed.

Do not go to the Orville Freeman building in St. Paul. Instead, go here:
Room 10 of the State Office Building, 100 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Minnesota picks Michelle Larson to head state's medical pot program

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Minnesota's Department of Health finally made its pick to head up the new medical cannabis program yesterday, choosing department vet Michelle Larson to lead the program as it prepares to launch over the next year.

Larson comes to the program after nearly a decade with the department, and while she won't have any say on new policy, she will help guide the shape and logistics of the cannabis program, which is set to go into effect in July 2015.

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American Cannabis Company is counseling potential Minnesota pot producers

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They won't say who, but the American Cannabis Company is counseling a group of "Minnesota-based entrepreneurs" who want to become manufacturers of the new state-sanctioned medicine.

ACC got off the ground last year in Colorado, working with local applicants, but has since expanded to include clients across the U.S. and as far as the eastern seaboard of Canada. Trent Woloveck, the company COO, says his team will be tasked with meeting Minnesota regulatory standards while "bringing what our best practices are from these more mature markets."

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