Medical marijuana patients get the spotlight in battle against drug stigma

MINNEAPOLIS — Armed with stories from patients whose lives have turned around after using medical marijuana, the state’s companies who cultivate and sell the medications are hoping to counter the longstanding stigma that still surrounds Minnesota’s newest medicine.

The medical community’s unease hasn’t stopped since Minnesota’s program launched nearly six months ago, even though the state has said repeatedly that the drug is a regulated medicine.

That hesitation kept a doctor’s approval out of Jess Blake’s…

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