-- Update at bottom with comment from Rep. Branden Petersen -- In a press release sent our way by an MNGOP-affiliated source, the D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project PAC pledges to make a maximum financial contribution of $4,000 to Jeff Johnson's gubernatorial campaign.But lest you think the natio ... More >>
To the disdain of smokers and acclaim of abstainers, the University of Minnesota's campus-wide tobacco ban was officially enacted in July, a few months shy of the fall semester. Ashtrays were present throughout campus for the first few weeks of school, but have since been removed. Signs informing st ... More >>
Like a vape with your whiskey? Not so fast. Minneapolis City Council member Cam Gordon plans to introduce an amendment banning e-cigarettes in bars and restaurants. Gordon spoke briefly with MPR about his amendment, citing a recommendation from the Minnesota Department of Health that e-cigs a ... More >>
Lawmakers in other states are now turning to Minnesota's new cannabis law as a model for their own legislation, despite the law's restrictions on eligibility and usage. Over the past few weeks, legislators in both Pennsylvania and Georgia have turned to the Minnesota law, which passed in May, as a ... More >>
Barring U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for marijuana treatments between now and next summer, Minnesota medical cannabis patients will have to pay entirely out of pocket for their medicine, Manny Munson-Regala, the state employee tasked with overseeing the rollout of the program, tells us ... More >>
:::: UPDATE :::: This morning, Governor Dayton signed the bill into law."I thank everyone who worked together to craft and pass this legislation," the governor says in a statement. "I pray it will bring to the victims of ravaging illnesses the relief they are hoping for." ::::: UPDATE II ::::You ... More >>
This week, the Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would roll e-cigs into the "smoking" section of the Minnesota Clean Indoor Art Act, thereby banning vaping in indoor public places.A companion bill in the House doesn't go as far, however. It'd prohibit vaping in public schools and sales to mi ... More >>
Today, Minneapolis Sen. Scott Dibble's medical marijuana bill passed its final committee hurdle in the Senate, paving the way for a floor vote in that chamber.Dibble's bill, which allows patients to vaporize marijuana but not smoke it, is still more liberal than the medical marijuana bill making its ... More >>
The advocates of medical marijuana wiped their eyes and came out swinging hard Tuesday in this anti-Gov. Mark Dayton ad campaign. It features Angela Garin of St. Paul and her five-year son Paxton, who suffers daily from seizures. Garin is one of several mothers in recent months who've rallied for le ... More >>
Right now, e-cigarettes are essentially unregulated in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, meaning individual businesses can decide whether or not to allow vaping inside their premises.SEE ALSO: E-cig charger explodes, burning hole in Minnesota author's car [PHOTO] Bills addressing that state of affairs h ... More >>
Legislators appear ready to approve a medical marijuana bill this session. All along, however, the worry has been that Gov. Mark Dayton won't sign it unless law enforcement officials express their support as well.RELATED: Rep. Melin questions cops on the economic interests of opposing potWhile there ... More >>
Inhaling E-cigs might not be bad for you, but simply having one charging in your car can be dangerous.SEE ALSO: Rep. Phyllis Kahn to introduce bill restricting e-cigs during next legislative session Consider the case of local Christian author Jerry Lindberg, who shared the above photo of the inside ... More >>
This winter will likely be the last University of Minnesota students can light up a heater outside the Walker Library.RELATED: State smoking ban turns five today After a year of preparation, the school is moving toward finally implementing a campus-wide smoking ban next fall. And in order to make th ... More >>
In recent months, e-cigarettes have become increasingly regulated at the business, municipal, and county level.SEE ALSO: Rep. Phyllis Kahn on Seward voting lines: "Someone at the city should be executed"But Rep. Phyllis Kahn, D-Minneapolis, isn't satisfied with that, and next legislative session, sh ... More >>
You can't smoke real cigarettes at Target Field -- in fact, you can't even leave the stadium to puff on one during the game. (Weed, on the other hand? At least one guy has gotten away with it!)PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Hennepin County bans e-cigs So it probably shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that tea ... More >>
After we published our post about Hennepin County's move to ban e-cigarettes from county property yesterday, Tiffany Paulson, communications and marketing manager for the Rainbow Health Initiative, passed along a letter to the editor penned by her organization, which is devoted to "improving the hea ... More >>
A lot remains unknown about e-cigarettes, but there's one thing we can report with certainty -- Hennepin County workers and visitors will no longer be able to lawfully smoke them on county property.SEE ALSO: Lung Association's Bob Moffitt looks forward to July, when cig taxes go up $1.60 per pack [I ... More >>
A survey conducted by Public Policy Polling earlier this month found that nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans support medical marijuana. But don't expect to see pot prescriptions written in the state anytime soon.SEE ALSO: Minnesota law enforcement's last word on pot: "We do not support legalization fo ... More >>
One day after Gov. Dayton proposed a 94-cent increase in the state's cigarette tax, State Fair officials announced that smokers will be huddled into pens starting with this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together.FROM OCTOBER: State smoking ban turns five today In other words, smoking continues down the ... More >>
The Freedom to Breathe Act turns five today! That's five years of shamed huddling outside the bar (or restaurant, or workplace) in rain, sleet, snow, just to light up. And for what? Well... "Simply put, Minnesotans are healthier," says Dr. Edward Ehlinger, the state's Department of Health commission ... More >>
In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees
More than half the survey respondents would support increased cigarette prices.If the stress from thinking about Minnesota's budget deficit makes you think about lighting up a smoke, think again. Nearly 60 percent of Minnesotans would support increasing cigarette state taxes on tobacco to help so ... More >>
When we hear the words "PolitiFact" and "Minnesota" in the same sentence, it's usually because Michele Bachmann has scored another "Pants On Fire" award for spouting more unbelievable crap about Barack Obama. Today is different. Even though he's getting tepid reviews for his debate with the ... More >>
State Sen. John Carlson, planning for a grabber.With some disturbingly audible heavy breathing, State Sen. John Carlson took to the floor at the Capitol yesterday to proudly declare that he doesn't bother seeing the doctor. Why? Because it may help him bag an annual $1,500, courtesy of Minnes ... More >>
Hennepin County's smoking ban: Does it go too far? Take the poll below.We mentioned the other day that Hennepin County Commissioners have now passed a far-reaching ban on smoking in and on all country property. The new rule builds on previous policies that banned smoking in, and within 45 fee ... More >>
Not as popular as it used to be.Smokers aren't going to be welcome anywhere on Hennepin County property, including in county-owned vehicles, after commissioners approved a smoking ban by a 6-1 margin yesterday. The goal of the measure is to just clear the air uniformly for all county proper ... More >>
Matt VisionquestBravepaw tweets his feelings on Obamacare.Tim Pawlenty just excitedly tweeted that we should all check out his statement on the "1 yr anniversary of Obamacare."For such a momentous twitterduction, the statement is decidely brief--just about three tweets worth of text. In it, Pawle ... More >>
Smoking: We're doing less of it than ever.The percentage of adults in Minnesota who smoke cigarettes has dropped to its lowest level in 11 years, and heavy smokers are consuming fewer and fewer cigarettes. But a report out today suggests that folks are finding new ways to feed their habit: ... More >>
Not as much fun as it used to be.The number of Minnesota adults who smoke cigarettes has dropped by about half since 1980, according to new numbers presented recently to an American Heart Association gathering. The findings are emblematic of a larger trend. Like Americans in general, most Mi ... More >>
Up for re-election in November, congresswoman Michele Bachmann must figure it's time to haul out the scare tactics again. Two weeks ago the White House was fomenting socialism and One World Government. Now, we're back to Obama creating death panels with health care reform and opening a politi ... More >>
Gross. The argument that the smoking bans enacted in Minneapolis in 2005 and St. Paul in 2006 would hurt local bars and restaurants is being refuted by a recent study, which shows that the number of employees working at food and drink establishments has remained the same or even risen since the l ... More >>
Here's the issue: Democratic U.S Rep. Collin Peterson, who represents the 7th congressional district, voted against the health care reform bill. Later, he said that since it had become the law of the land, he would work with it. To Republicans who have made "repeal and replace" their new batt ... More >>
The public option in the Democrat's health care reform package, known to Michele Bachmann as a communist conspiracy, looks like it may have risen from the dead.
Is D.C. finally ready to let us toke up?
Republicans and some Democrats spoke out this weekend against the plan, citing lack of details or unease with the public option.
Speaking to a nearly packed Target Center, he gave a more folksy version of his health care reform speech given to the joint session of Congress earlier this week.
Americans United for Change released a new ad attempting to turn the tables on the much-debunked Republican claim that President Obama's health care reform plan would create death panels.
Minnesota's smoking ban is putting local hookah bars out of business
Today's Washington Post carries a longish analysis of the controversies surrounding DFL candidate Keith Ellison, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat being vacated by Martin Sabo.
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.
The battle at this stage has revealed one interesting strategy: Opponents of the ban are looking toward the capitol to push for a statewide ban in the upcoming legislative session.
Despite hefty losses, Minneapolis bar owners can't get anyone to reconsider the smoking ban