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Official hired to run state medical marijuana program

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A health official who managed Minnesota's efforts to reduce tobacco use and obesity will run the state's new medical marijuana program.

The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday that Michelle Larson, a deputy director in the department's Office of Statewide Health Improvement, would direct the new program.

Larson will oversee the selection of two marijuana manufacturers and set up of a patient registry. Patients are expected to be able to begin getting medical marijuana in July 2015.

Larson was chosen among more than 150 applicants. She starts Aug. 13.

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