SENSIBLE MINNESOTA

Sensible Policies. Safer Communities.

aka Sensible MN   |   Stewartville, MN   |  https://sensible.mn/

Mission

Sensible Minnesota aims to make our neighborhoods safer and more inclusive for those negatively impacted by cannabis prohibition and the war on drugs; collectively we work to educate the public and promote societal changes that emphasize compassion over isolation, restorative justice over incarceration, and public health over stigma.

Ruling year info

2017

President

Gunnar Aas

Immediate Past President / Vice President

Maren Schroeder

Main address

603 Reichel Circle NE

Stewartville, MN 55976 USA

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EIN

47-3142692

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

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Our programs

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Outreach

Sensible Minnesota’s Outreach Program is an educational effort to evidence how cannabis is safer than alcohol, many prescription drugs, and prohibition, including the war on drugs. Sensible aims to equip volunteers and community leaders with the tools to make effective policy changes in colleges, businesses, residential leases, and the drug treatment industry.

We hold an annual Minnesota Cannabis Summit. A one-day event packed full of continuing education oportunities for professionals, advocates, and interested community members. Past topics have included effective lobbying, historical perspecitves on cannabis law, medical cannabis dosing, information on Minnesota’s medical cannabis law, and cannabis and mental health. Stay tuned for more information.

Additionally, Sensible Minnesota provides speakers to community, professional, and other interested groups on topics such as Minneota’s medical cannabis program, harm reduction, and cannabis laws. Representatives have spoken to state and national professional associations, churches, and other groups. To request a speaker for your organization email [email protected]. We will do our best to acomodate your request.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Sensible Minnesota’s Patient Program provides cannabis patients with the resources they need. Patients may join Sensible Minnesota’s Patient Group on Facebook for a safe place to exchange information and share frustrations with others in similar situations. You can also find quick answers to your questions by visiting our patients’ Frequently Asked Questions page.

Sensible Minnesota’s Patient Advocate Program provides one-on-one assistance to patients. Patient Advocates are trained to help patients navigate the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program (“MMCP”) and to provide support to patients both inside and outside of the MMCP. Advocates are available to help patients determine if they qualify for the MMCP, educate patients on the intricacies of the MMCP, attend appointments with health care providers, assist in patient registration with MMCP, and most importantly, seek out resources for patients, listen to concerns, and answer questions. To get in touch with an advocate, please fill out the form below.
Sensible Minnesota has established relationships with various organizations throughout the state, and we share feedback from patients and follow-up on any questions or concerns brought to our attention.

The Patient Program coordinates with the Government Affairs Program to expand access for under or un-served patients, including public awareness campaigns. For un-served patients, we provide information on potential penalties and legal issues as non-program cannabis patients.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Sensible Minnesota offers speakers to community organizations, professional associations, and other groups in the Twin Cities Metro and southeastern Minnesota. We provide this as a service to the community, but we do ask for a goodwill donation to Sensible Minnesota to cover the cost of travel for our speakers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each year Sensible Minnesota researches and writes petitions to add medical conditions to be added for medicinal cannabis treatment in Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Program. Sensible Minnesota has successfully petitioned for the inclusion of PTSD and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Petitions to add a new condition or delivery method may be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Medical Cannabis, from June 1st to July 31st of each year. A seven member review panel of patient advocates and healthcare professionals hold public meetings, and perform a review of each petition and suggest which are appropriate for approval, the following months before December 1st– when the Health Commissioner of Minnesota decides which petitions to approve or deny.

Traditionally, the review panels have been in September and October. The panels are open to the public; members of the public may give testimony during the panels. The public may also submit letters in opposition or support for any of the petitions to OMC.

For approved conditions, patients may begin registering the following year in July, with medication available in August. Approved delivery methods will be available the following year, in August.

Learn more about the petitioning process in Minnesota from the Office of Medical Cannabis.

Population(s) Served
Adults

On April 20, 2018 Sensible held a vigil for victims harmed by prohibition at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota. This included uplifting stories around how cannabis helped people who felt they were out of options and had no place else to turn, as well as stories about the tragic consequences of prohibition for those that have died, faced incarceration, or suffered extreme health setbacks. It was an emotional, educational, and cathartic experience for those who told their stories as well as for those that learned about the individuals’ journeys.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Resources for Veterans
Patient Advocacy: If you are a Minnesota Veteran afflicted by any of the qualifying conditions under Minnesota’s Medicinal Cannabis Program, we are here to help! Please visit our Patient Services page for more information; if requesting an advocate, be sure to indicate you are a veteran.
Legal Services: If you have questions pertaining to a legal situation please contact a licensed attorney. We have a directory of Minnesota attorneys versed in laws related to drugs, cannabis business, and medical cannabis.
Other Resources: If you need additional help, check out these third-party resources or email us for help finding your County Veteran Services Officer.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

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SENSIBLE MINNESOTA

Board of directors
as of 02/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gunnar Aas

Sensible Minnesota

Term: 2019 -

Maren Schroeder

Sensible Minnesota

Gunnar Aas

Sensible Minnesota

Joan Barron

Sensible Minnesota

Gunnar Aas

Sensible Minnesota

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/4/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/04/2019

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.