Medical marijuana future still foggy, say legislative leaders

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's revelation that he would like to see some sort of compromise legislation on medical marijuana meets with mixed reviews from legislative leaders of both parties. House Majority Leader Erin Murphy says it may be better to have a conversation about medical marijuana next session. House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says there is bipartisan support for medical marijuana as well as bipartisan opposition.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | It takes a village to grow healthy: Projects across the Twin Cities link public health and community development

There is growing recognition in the medical field that maintaining good health means more than taking care of yourself and getting regular medical check ups. Healthy living conditions and strong community cohesion foster healthy neighborhoods, while inequality, discrimination, crime, pollution, traffic, isolation, and a sense of powerlessness contribute to disease. It’s difficult to improve people’s overall health without addressing the social, economic and racial issues where they live.

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TCE still vexing for Southeast Como: The neighborhood is pushing for more testing and cleanup in vapor-affected homes

The Southeast Como Improvement Association is not satisfied with how General Mills and local agencies have addressed the trichloroethylene, or TCE, vapor issue in the neighborhood.

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Upcoming health conference to address specific concerns of Black women

Happy, healthy, family, friends, community, intergenerational, motivational: These are a few words used to describe the upcoming March 19 conference sponsored by Neighborhood HealthSource and many others. The conference is titled “Loving Yourself, Staying Well,” and those simple words seem to be a popular topic of conversation these days.

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Farmer markets' popularity brings food safety concerns to the table

Farmers markets have increasingly become a popular choice for fresh produce among consumers throughout the state. On any given weekend morning, visitors to a farmers market can indulge in samples of green beans and take part in cooking demonstrations.

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Black churches help navigate MNsure

“I am anti-insurance! Insurance was built on gambling and all that crap…I do not [use a] computer. I’ve been screwed up by them,” said one of the people attending a March 9 information meeting. Vivien (who didn't want her last name used) is not the only member of the Minnesota African-American community who feels wary about signing up for MNsure online.

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Creatures of comfort: Animal therapy bonds lead to life changing rewards

Glancing at Lily, an adorably fuzzy seven-year-old Shih Tzu with enormous chocolate eyes, one would never guess that only three years ago, she had been lying in a cage in Canada—unwanted and unloved.

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Minnesota could amend disability housing law

Zach Johnson gives lively and humorous testimony before the House Housing Finance and Policy Committee March 5 in support of a bill sponsored by Rep. Raymond Dehn, right, that would modify home- and community-based waiver and general assistance recipients’ residency ration restrictions. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

A “kumbaya” moment during a House committee ended with the approval of a bill intended to expand choice in disability housing.

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Medical marijuana legalization bill advances in House committee

Angie and Josh Weaver, whose daughter, Amelia, right, suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, testify before the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee March 4 in support of a bill that would permit the use of medical marijuana. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

A number of medical marijuana supporters shared tears and stories of severe child epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, cancer and other serious conditions Tuesday night. Medical marijuana, they said, either has helped them or could help them.

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Lawmaker seeks funding for recovery schools

Amber spends hours riding metro buses in order to stay sober.

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