2 top officials leave medical marijuana provider
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota company licensed to manufacture medical marijuana says two top officials have left the company.
LeafLine Labs said chief medical officer and co-founder Gary Starr and chief financial officer Colin Kelley left “due to both personal and professional reasons.”
LeafLine chief executive and co-founder Andrew Bachman said the departures took effect Thursday. He said the company “deeply” values their contributions.
LeafLine employs more than 70, has a 42,000-square-foot indoor cultivation and production facility and runs four clinics around Minnesota.
LeafLine and Minnesota Medical Solutions, the other licensed medical marijuana manufacturer in the state, have lost a combined $11 million in just two years of sales.
Minnesota’s program is among the most restrictive of states that allow medical marijuana. Using the plant form is banned.
Enbridge Line 3 opponents rally at Capitol before hearing
ST. PAUL — A series of 18 public hearings in nine cities on Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its Line 3 oil pipeline has moved to the Twin Cities.
Tribal and environmental groups opposed to the proposed Enbridge Line 3 project rally Thursday at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. to express concerns about the project’s risks to Minnesota’s clean water, wildlife and tar sands oil’s contribution to global climate change.
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At issue is whether the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission should grant a certificate of need for replacing the 1960s-era pipeline, which carries Canadian crude from Alberta across Minnesota to Wisconsin.
Tribal and environmental groups rallied at the Capitol Thursday. Minnesota Public Radio News reports about 200 people attended an afternoon hearing, and more were