About the only thing people can agree on when it comes to the medical marijuana debate is that the federal government isn't helping. Many of the disputes at the state level wouldn't be necessary if the Drug Enforcement Administration would reconsider its classification of the plant as a Schedule ... More >>
An unlikely coalition stands poised to fight for legalization of the natural remedy
President Barack Obama takes issue with folks like Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek who contend that smoking pot leads to violent behavior. In fact, POTUS doesn't think smoking marijuana is more dangerous than drinking beer.SEE ALSO: R.T. Rybak says he smoked his share of pot in high school, but ... More >>
Some would say it's nothing to celebrate, but yesterday, law enforcement officials, including Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones, trumpeted the destruction of a $4 million-plus pot growing operation on patches of wooded land covering more than 40 acres on the Mille Lacs Reservation just east of H ... More >>
Yesterday, Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) and Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Minneapolis) teamed up to introduce a bill that would develop and regulate industrial hemp production in Minnesota.As it stands now, hemp -- marijuana's big, non-psychoactive sister -- is banned by the U.S. Drug Enforcement ... More >>
But do we still need him?
SEE ALSO:-- Adam Budge, 18, charged with murder following friend's synthetic drug overdose-- House approves synthetic drug crackdown amid concern about prison overcrowdingJim Carlson, owner of Duluth's Last Place on Earth, has made millions of dollars selling synthetic drugs -- in fact, he estimated ... More >>
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For the second consecutive session, a bill cracking down on synthetic drugs is advancing through the Minnesota legislature. Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee approved a bill that would reclassify selling synthetic drugs as a felony and expedite the process by which Minne ... More >>
In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees
Whitcomb got near the maximum sentence for his crime.Scott Whitcomb, a former police officer and employee with the Drug Enforcement Agency, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the production of child pornography. Whitcomb, 48, was arrested in December after he was caught by police in an ... More >>
The head shops' lawyer says he'll fight the decision.A Hennepin County judge denied a motion to delay the ban on synthetic drugs today, meaning the Minnesota law will go into effect Friday as planned. The motion was filed by a collective of head shops that have been diligently fighting to k ... More >>
Is Minnesota's ban on synthetic pot unconstitutional? The war on synthetic drugs is far from over. A lawyer representing several head shops filed a lawsuit today against the state of Minnesota, alleging that a statewide ban on synthetic pot is unconstitutional and not supported by scientific ... More >>
Synthetic marijuana, now even more like regular marijuana: it's illegal.Governor Mark Dayton this week signed legislation that bans a variety of synthetic recreational drugs. Synthetic marijuana compounds? Now listed as Schedule-I drugs. Bath salts? The same. Designer psychedelics 2C-E and 2 ... More >>
Two North Dakota farmers are asking the Eigth Cicuit U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Paul to strike down the federal government's ban on commercial hemp farming, which is illegal for some reason.
State Senator Steve Kelley is known for being an education expert of sorts at the Capitol, but this legislative session, he's doffed a new cap: Marijuana advocate.