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July 16, 2018 – The Minnesota Court of Appeals Monday ruled that people with drug convictions cannot be permanently required to undergo drug testing as a condition of receiving general assistance benefits. It ruled in the case of a Washington County woman who was convicted of drug possession in 1999 and was sentenced to 17 months in prison. After being notified by Washington County of a requirement to submit to drug testing, Kim Verhein refused to provide a sample in 2016 and lost her benefits.

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