Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Play

Nashville mourns six dead in the latest mass shooting, the EPA takes public input on a proposal to clean up Pennsylvania's drinking water, and find ways to get more Zzz's during Sleep Awareness Month.

Play

A shooting leaves six dead at a school in Nashville, the White House commends Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to pause judicial reform, and mayors question the reach of state and federal authorities over local decisions.

Play

Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

MN Among States Struggling with Medical-Marijuana Oversight

Play

Tuesday, January 21, 2020   

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Health Department says it's taking steps to improve oversight of the state's medical marijuana program. That's after an audit found multiple failures.

The Office of the Legislative Auditor issued a report this month saying, among other things, the health department had poor record-keeping for parent and guardian eligibility. It also said regulators didn't verify all new patients' doctors were licensed and in good standing.

Morgan Fox of the National Cannabis Industry Association said these kinds of problems are counter-productive, especially for a program that's already limited.

"There are extreme license caps in place that prevent the industry from really flourishing and having good competition," Fox said.

Since it was approved in 2014, Minnesota has had one of the more restrictive medical marijuana programs in the country. However, an expansion will take effect this year - including in the number of access points for medication.

Meanwhile, health officials say they agree with the findings and are implementing fixes. In 2018, the state of Oregon reported similar oversight problems for its program.

Fox said when a state encounters challenges or success with cannabis programs, other states should take notice while developing their own oversight plans - especially as there are more potential law changes on the horizon for 2020.

"This year, we should expect to see legislation passed in at least one if not more states passing medical cannabis laws, as well as the potential for more states passing adult-use laws," he said.

In Minnesota, there's support from Democrats in the House and Gov. Tim Walz for legalization of marijuana for recreational use. But the idea faces opposition from Senate Republicans. Nearly a dozen states already have passed such laws, and 33 states have approved medical-marijuana programs.


get more stories like this via email

The Los Angeles City Council recently voted to allow the Department of Water and Power to convert Scattergood Power Plant near Playa del Rey to burn a blend of hydrogen gas and natural gas, something environmental groups say would create air pollution. (Facewizard/Wikimedia Commons)

Environment

Environmental groups are seeking greater input as California puts the finishing touches on its application to become a hub for hydrogen fuel productio…


Social Issues

This month marks 160 years since the first Medal of Honor was awarded by President Abraham Lincoln. More than a dozen of the 65 recipients alive …

Social Issues

160 years ago, Civil War soldiers were awarded the first Medals of Honor. Now, a Medal of Honor Monument will soon be built on the National Mall in …


A 2021 Congressional report said tens of thousands of COVID-19 infections, as well as hundreds of worker deaths, were traced to meatpacking plants in the United States at the onset of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

The meat processing industry continues to face scrutiny over labor practices in states like Minnesota. Proposed legislation would update a 2007 law…

Social Issues

New findings suggest health effects stemming from child maltreatment can be passed on to the next generation. In South Dakota, leaders in early-…

The average annual pay for a fast-food worker in the U.S. is $27,040 a year, or approximately $13.00 an hour, according to ZipRecruiter. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle will pay workers at its former location in Augusta, Maine as part of a settlement over labor law violations…

Environment

One Arizona mayor is among the more than 2,800 elected city officials in Washington, D.C., this week for The National League of Cities' Congressional …

Environment

Congress is considering three bills that would sidestep the Endangered Species Act to de-list the Northern Continental Divide and Yellowstone grizzly …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021