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New Marijuana Bill

Medical marijuana has been an issue in Minnesota, largely due to the fact that the cannabis law has been so restrictive. Recently Minnesota lawmakers voted to expand the law to allow patients to smoke the plant. Normally it has only been allowed in the form of liquid, oils, and pills. This could be a help to some, bringing relief to some patients.

We know full marijuana legalization is coming, but really, what are the actual needs beyond medical help?

County Jail Food Service

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has found a new party to provide food for the Martin County Jail. Good. After Hy-Vee recently canceled a food service contract with the jail, officials were left scrambling. This was due to a 30-day notice provision in the current food service contract.

We agree with Sheriff Markquart that a future contract should include more time to locate new providers. Kudos to Lakeview Methodist Health Services for offering their services. We hope the temporary contract will prove fruitful for all involved.

The Shepherd’s In

Congratulations to Curt Moeckel for recently winning a Community Impact Award from the Fairmont Women of Today. Moeckel started the Shepherd’s In Soup Kitchen because he saw a need and felt compelled to help. It’s great to see someone step up and stand in a gap that needs to be filled.

Community Service Officer

We’re glad to see the Fairmont Police Department’s new Community Service Officer Position. Bringing in former officer Brad Buhmann was also a great move. Someone who knows the computer systems and operations of the department undoubtedly saves on time and resources for training.

We also respect the emphasis on compliance rather than enforcement. Getting people the help they need is a much better solution than filing citations and waiting for the courts to resolve what may be a non-issue.

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