Saturday, July 7, 2018

Minnesota adds autism to therapeutic cannabis schedule

At least one Minnesotan touts the benefits of surgical genital mutilation as a treatment for gender dysphoria while condemning other treatments but people suffering from autism and obstructive sleep apnea are able to seek relief in that state with therapeutic cannabis enrolling in July then picking up their medication on the first of August.

The North Dakota Department of Health will begin accepting applications for operators of therapeutic cannabis dispensaries next week. Grassroots Cannabis in Fargo and Pure Dakota LLC in Bismarck are still being registered. In 2016 North Dakota voters passed Measure 5 legalizing cannabis for some patients and last year the legislature drafted rules then a Republican governor signed it into law. US Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) has joined Colorado's congressional delegation in the effort to ensure state cannabis policies are respected by the feds.

Both Minnesota and North Dakota expect to legalize for all adults.

But, North Dakota's repressive neighbor to the south is among the states hit hardest by opioid abuse and hopelessness. Even the South Dakota State Medical Association contends that although "marijuana and dronabinol decreased pain" the fact that it is illegal makes it less effective as a therapy. The South Dakota Republican Party has even adopted a platform that punishes people seeking relief from intractable pain and suffering.

Petulant plague Pat Powers' pathetic progeny have been going untreated for autism. No doubt his obesity exacerbates his sleep apnea, too. Morbidly obese Powers believes letting teens get skin cancer is okay and that usury is a divine right.

Black market cannabis not tested or subject to inspection makes America less safe. Democrats in blue states already understand the added value of talking legal cannabis during their campaigns and some red state Democrats get it, too; but so far this election cycle South Dakota Democrats believe that state is just too fragile for cannabis rights.

Legalizing and regulating a product that so many people enjoy is reasonable public policy aligned with life/safety concerns.

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