From thecannabist.com, 4/28/16: Even though medical marijuana is legal in 24 states and recreational cannabis initiatives are gaining traction throughout the U.S., weed is still a touchy topic for most in the medical profession. Sure, some trusted doctors will talk openly about marijuana’s legitimacy as medicine — and many more are coming on board — but journalists’ interview requests to major hospitals and medical schools (even in Colorado) are still met with a nervous, “Uh, we can’t talk about that on the record.” Which is why Walgreens’ latest Tumblr post is so remarkable.
From mjbizdaily.com, 4/25/16: A group of heavyweights from the medical profession have teamed up to support the legalization of marijuana in the interests of public health, giving the cannabis industry a potentially important ally. Doctors for Cannabis Regulation announced its launch last week, saying it is the first such organization to advocate for the legalization and regulation of cannabis for adult use. The group of more than 50 physicians includes former U.S. surgeon general Jocelyn Elders and faculty members at some of the country’s top medical schools.
Congratulations to Tavanna Ogden-Hover, a UFCW Local 1189 member working at Lake City Nursing Home, who received $250 in American Express gift cards for being chosen the UFCW's activist of the month!
St. Paul Retailers are scheduled to bargain with the Union on May 5, 2016. Help send a message to the Employer. UFCW 1189 members working in retail stores are asked to join us in Action! Print the most recent proposals, sign the petition demanding a fair contract, or print a petition for your workplace!http://ufcw1189.org/campaigns/st-paul-retail-bargaining-action
From apnews.com, 4/22/16: ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Iowa and Minnesota lawmakers are exploring a system to allow Iowa residents to buy medical marijuana oil from their northern neighbor, lawmakers from both states have told The Associated Press. As Iowa's Legislature barrels toward adjournment, legislative leaders are still struggling to expand a 2014 law that legalized marijuana oil for certain patients suffering seizures but left them nowhere to buy it. Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer said Friday they're now considering an agreement with Minnesota as one option.
As you may know, the House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee has scheduled another hearing on HF 3585 (Rep. Drazkowski’s Scott Walker-style attack on public employees).
From Marijuana Business Daily, 4/4/16: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Monday afternoon that protects financial institutions working with marijuana businesses from state criminal prosecution. The new law, however, does not protect financial institutions from federal prosecution, so it isn’t likely to persuade banks and credit unions in Oregon to start servicing marijuana businesses.
From MN House of Representatives Session Daily Home, 4/5/16: Choking up slightly and wiping away a tear, Tish Penny of Savage told the House Agriculture Policy Committee Tuesday how important supporting urban agriculture is for her family and her precocious 3-year-old son, Ethan Mason Penny, who already knows how to plant his own crops and can identify most varieties of fruits and vegetables.
Job Vacancy FACT SHEET—April 2016In Minnesota we have 98,000 unemployed job seekers competing for 96,000 job openings, according to the updated Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). It’s the first time we’ve seen a 1-to-1 ratio between job seekers and job openings since the state first conducted the survey in 2001. As recently as two years ago, we still had two job seekers for every job opening. *In the last two years we’ve raised the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 per hour.