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Surviving SIRS Investigations Through Hearing and Appeals

Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys David Aafedt and Christianna Finnern will be presenting at the Care Providers of Minnesota 75th Annual Convention & Exposition on November 13-15, 2023. Their talk is titled, “Surviving SIRS Investigations Through Hearing and Appeals.” Learn about the background and purpose of the Surveillance and Integrity Review Section, including provider responsibilities for ...

November 13-15, 2023


The Legalization of Recreational Cannabis and Its Impact on Your Dental Practice

Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys David Aafedt, Gerry Fornwald, Christianna Finnern, Maggie Green, and Tracy Jacobs will be speaking at Twin Cities Periodontics Study Club on September 28, 2023.  The title of their presentation is, “The Legalization of Recreational Cannabis and Its Impact on Your Dental Practice.”

September 28, 2023


Health Law Institute – Agency & Enforcement

Winthrop & Weinstine Shareholder David Aafedt will be a moderator at the Minnesota CLE 2023 Health Law Institute Conference  on June 15-16, 2023. After 4 years, the Institute will be back live and in person. This year’s Institute will feature practical and actionable guidance on big new developments, cutting-edge topic choices, and core foundational sessions. David, ...

June 15-16, 2023

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Legislative Top 5 – 2023 Session Wrap-Up

Session has wrapped! The 2023 legislative session concluded with time to spare, adjourning just after 10:00 pm on Monday night. This will be the final Top 5 of the year, but don’t fret: next session will be here before we know it on February 12, 2024. After passing the suite of budget bills this year—plus ...

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Minnesota’s Budding Recreational Cannabis Economy: Top 5 Legal Considerations for Future Shippers and Transporters

By: David M. Aafedt, Peter G. Economou and Gerald H. Fornwald

At long last, Minnesota’s recreational cannabis industry is officially budding. In the early morning hours of May 20, 2023, the Minnesota Senate voted to legalize recreational cannabis by passing a final bill which, once signed by Governor Tim Walz, will operate as the legal framework for Minnesota’s brand-new and heavily regulated recreational cannabis industry. Once ...


MSBA Health Law Legislative Wrap Up CLE

With the 2023 Minnesota legislative session coming to a close and election year politics heating up, join us for a facilitated conversation with a panel of healthcare leaders for an update on the state of our healthcare policy now and on the horizon.  David Aafedt, Shareholder and Regulatory and Government Relations Group Chair, will be ...

May 19, 2023

11:45 AM to 1:15 PM
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Legislative Top 5 – May 19, 2023

Final Days of Session: What’s Left? Democrats have now sent all major budget bills to the Governor for signature, with the exception of major packages in transportation, health & human services, taxes, and capital investment. Although Rep. Frank Hornstein (D-Minneapolis) has told media that a new gas tax and a delivery fee (to apply to ...

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Legislative Top 5 – May 12, 2023

An Early End to Session? In recent years, the legislature has used up more than its fair share of session days to complete its work, but change may be coming this session. While legislators are not required to adjourn until May 22, the House passed a resolution to adjourn by May 18. Because the Senate ...

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Legislative Top 5 – May 5, 2023

Spring Has Finally Sprung Both the weather and the pace of the Legislature have spoken: it is officially spring. Lately, the throng of Capitol lobbyists have congregated around near-daily floor sessions and conference committees, with trips to food trucks for lunch in between. Legislators have begun to cloister themselves in closed-door meetings, making for a ...


Top 10 Legal Tips Your Practice Should be Thinking About in 2023

Shareholder Gerry Fornwald and Winthrop & Weinstine’s Dental Law team will present a CE Spot on April 28, 2023 at the Minnesota Dental Association’s Star of the North Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. The session, “Top 10 Legal Tips Your Practice Should be Thinking About in 2023,” was reviewed and approved by the MDA’s Scientific ...

April 28, 2023

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Legislative Top 5 – April 28, 2023

Cannabis Takes a Big Step Forward Whew! This week has been a marathon for Capitol watchers. We decided to send today’s update a bit later than usual to accommodate the Senate’s vote on legislation to legalize adult-use recreational cannabis. The bill passed the Senate this afternoon by a vote of 34-33. This follows passage in ...

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Minnesota’s Newest State Agency – the Office of Cannabis Management

This is the first post of many to analyze Minnesota’s recreational adult use cannabis legislation. Authors: David M. Aafedt, Gerald H. Fornwald, Peter G. Economou We are within days of adult recreational cannabis officially becoming a law here in the North Star State.[1] Competing bills have woven their way through dozens of committees in both ...

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