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i i House approves Medical Cannibis Therapeutic Act Rep. McNamar became involved in the issue after meeting the Botkers, a Clinton-area family with a 7-year-old daughter, Greta, suffering from a cata- strophic form of epilepsy called Lennox Gastaut. Mark and Maria Botker have been taking turns living with their daughter Greta at a second home in Colorado, where she has been able to aecess medical treatment using a marijuana-derived medication called "Charlotte's Web", named after a little girl with a similar illness. "The Botkers aren't the only family struggling with this right now," said Rep. McNamar. "Families shouldn't be forced to choose between their homes, families, and livelihoods just to get treatment for their children. There is no reason that families in our state should have to make that choice. I salute Rep. Melin for her hard work on this issue, and for crafting a bill that everyone, including law enforcement, can feel good about. I also want to thank the families of these kids, who have been tireless advocates for their The Minnesota House of Represen- tatives on Thursday, May 15 approved the Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Re- search Act (SF 2470) with bipartisan support by a vote of 86-39. The Min- nesota Medical Association, Minnesota Nurses Association and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Minnesota support the bill. Law enforcement does not op- pose the bill. Chief author State Representative Carly Melin (DFL- Hibbing) says the bill will provide safe and legal access to medicine that can improve the qual- ity of life of patients with serious med- ical conditions across Minnesota. State Rep. Jay McNamar (DFL- Elbow Lake) supported the bill to reunite Min- nesota families who have been sepa- rated in an effort to seek legal medical treatment for their children. "I've had the opportunity to meet with patients and families across the state and they have truly convinced me that this is a medicine that can improve their lives and the lives of their loved ones," said Melin. THE CHIEF AUTHOR OF THE MEDICAL CANNABIS BILL in the Min- nesota House of Representatives, Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing), center, is pic- tured with Greta Botker's aunt, Martha Schulz, holding her picture, left, and Rep. Jay McNamar (DFL - Elbow Lake). Greta's mother, Maria Botker, is currently in Colorado caring for Greta, while Mark Botker, the child's fa- ther, is at home in rural Clinton with their other two daughters, who attend CGB School. The Botkers farm near Clinton. The Minnesota House of Rep- resentatives approved the Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research Act with bipartisan support by at vote of 86-39 on Thursday, May 15. Photo courtesy of Paul Battaglia, House Photography. loved ones. I know this hasn't been easy for them." "There are other kids across our state facing this same sort of turmoil," said Rep. Melin. "After trying every pharmaceutical possible, some with se- vere side effects, they have been un- able to control their seizures or regain cognitive skills. In other states, medical marijuana is helping children like Greta. Minnesotans want their children and their loved ones to be able to ac- cess medicine in Minnesota that can help improve their quality of life. They can't wait any longer." Melin's bill implements an observa- tional research study for medical cannabis and would allow limited par- ticipation only by children who are suf- fering and adults with severe illnesses. Study participants will get their medical cannabis through a single manufacturer and up to two satellite distribution centers, approved and reg- ulated by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). All cultivating, har- vesting, manufacturing, packaging and processing would take place at the manufacturer site. Patients must pay a fee to participate in the registry and re- ceive their medical cannabis. The pa- tient registry program enables ongoing study and research of the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis. Other details of the bill include: -The Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research Act will have a fiscal impact of $2.9 million in FY 14-15 and a total of $4.9 million over the next three years. -Participants in the patient registry program must be Minnesota residents diagnosed with one of the following qualifying medical conditions: • Cancer • Glaucoma • HIV/AIDS • Tourette's syndrome • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis • Seizures, including epilepsy • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including multiple sclerosis, • Crohn's disease MDH estimates that 5,045 Min- nesotans will enroll in the observa- tional research study. Medical cannabis is allowed in liq- uid and pill form only. Smoking is pro- hibited. Vaporizing is allowed but only by using cannabis that comes in liquid or pill form. Vaporized delivery of the plant/leaf is also prohibited. The Commissioner may add a deliv- ery form or a qualifying medical con- dition, as long as notice is provided to the Legislature and the Legislature opts not to pass legislation preventing the requested change. New arrival iiiiqiiiiiiiii!ii/iii: Sent from heaven above, Brayden Miles Carruth, infant son of Christo- pher and Samantha Carruth of Olivia, was born on April 3, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. weighing 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 21 inches long. The proud grandparents are Johnny and Cindy Carruth of Danvers, and John and Kristine Meyer of Or- tonville. Brayden is welcomed into • this world by his proud aunties Kaitlyn and Erin, also of Ortonville. New arrival Bronx Zyzick Francis Owens was welcomed home by his sister Londyn and parents Zyzick and Kimberly Owens on March 15, 2014. Bronx was born at 11:57 a.m. at Banner Ironwood Hospital in Gilbert, AZ, weighing 9 pounds, 6 ounces and was 22.5 inches long. Proud grandparents are Pete and Marilyn Karels of Ortonville and Ronda Owens of Chandler, AZ. (Adv.) Zion Lutheran Church Bible School June 8-12 Join the stampede! Zion Lutheran Church, 806 Highland Highway, Or- tonville, will be holding vacation Bible School beginning on Sunday, June 8, through Thursday, June 12, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. All children ages three through completing 6th grade are welcome. The theme this year is "SonWest Roundup." Rustle up the children and ride under deep blue skies learning about Moses and pointing to Jesus along the way. Cowboys and cowgirls discover God's plan of salvation from Moses to Jesus to today. Y'all gather up the young'uns for food, games, music and crafts--all of which point to Jesus. Please call the Zion church office at 839-2813 by May 26 for more information or to register. 2014 ORTONVILLE PROGRAM ' IIEIIII', LI00!LI, JIJJ,/,, i,* ....... 9=,OO AM Pttgram will be held in Otonville Sehooi Gymnasium gandlleu of weather. Sponsored by Big Stone Lake VFW Post #3964 and VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #3964. MC - Dr. AI Ross Parade of Colors ............................................................ VFW, VFW Auxiliary and Charlie Co. 1-151 "Star Spangled Banner" OHS Band Matt Lamb, Director Invocation ......................................................................... Amy Atkins, Reverend Welcome ......... . ................. Liz Ketz, VFW Auxiliary Reading Taylor Kuechenmeister Reading ........................................ Camille Scholberg "Battle Hymn of the Republic" OHS Band Matt Lamb, Director Memorial Day Address ............................................................. Gene Hausauer "God Bless The U.S.A." ........................................................................ OHS Band Matt Lamb, Director Benediction ...................................................................... Amy Atkins, Reverend Rifle Salute ................................ Charlie Co. 1-151 "Taps" Retirement of Colors ........................................ VFW and VFW Auxiliary r PROGRAM CONTINUES AT MOUND CEMETERY AND MUNICIPAL PIER AT BIG STONE LAKE Decoration of Monument at ....................... Cemetery and { i ::iii{i!i:ii !::::" • Wreaths at Pier ............. VFW & VFW Auxiliary 0q[ Salute to the Dead, Here and Lost ................................. Charlie Co. 1-151 BIG STONE COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICE held a poster contest for the Ortonville Elementary students promoting Earth Day, April 22. Earth Day poster winners are shown above. In front, left to right, are first grade Raimie Kdzer and Cassie Arndt; secondgrade Madeleine Lamb and Eliot Dorry; third! rade Olivia Nelson and Vinny Hoefs. Back row, left to right, are fourth grade Taylor Ross and Juliana Zepeda; fif grade Andrew Strong; sixth grade Zach Ostlund and Zoe Barse. Not p;ctured is Kindergartener Camdyn Ebnet. y18- • Dayton proclaims Ma i ..... i 24 EAB Awareness Week , ---.-.-- Governor Mark Dayton has pro- emerald ash borer. The bug can live in ....:' BiMhdav , .: claimed May 18-24 as Emerald Ash cut firewood for up to two years. Borer (EAB) Awareness Week in an effort to draw attention to the destruc- tive bug and encourage Minnesotans to not spread the pest around the state. With nearly one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation, Minnesota could suffer a great loss from EAB. The insect is a major threat to the tourism and lumber in- dustries, and the state's natural land- scapes and recreational areas. There's something simple Min- nesotans can do to ensure they're not helping spread EAB. Don't move fire- wood. Here's why: • While EAB only lives in ash trees, once firewood is cut it's hard to tell if it's ash or some other wood. Therefore, you may not know if there's a potential to spread EAB. • Even if a pile of firewood has been seasoned for a year, there's still a possibility it may be infested with • Hennepin, Ramsey, Winona and Houston counties are under quarantine for EAB. That means it's illegal to move firewood out of those counties without treatment under the permis- sion of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). What should you do to protect Min- nesota's trees and ensure you're not moving emerald ash borer? • When going on vacation or head- ing to the cabin for the weekend, buy firewood near your destination, bum it there, and don't bring any back with you. • Look for heat treated firewood. 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