A bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use has been debated and tweaked since it was first introduced late last spring. But the one thing that's held steady is popular support. Further proof came last week when KSTP-TV released the results of polling conducted through SurveyUSA. The resear ... More >>
The senate version of a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Minnesota got its first hearing Thursday, undergoing two hours of testimony and proving that the issue is not dead. Time ran out before members of the Health, Human Services and Housing Committee could vote, but they plan ... More >>
A vote on the legalization of marijuana for medical use may not happen after all Wednesday. Two bills on tomorrow's calendar contained amendments that laid out a medical marijuana distribution system, but a source inside the legislature tells us that at least one of those bills has been postponed un ... 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 >>
One of the main reasons Gov. Mark Dayton doesn't support medical marijuana is because law enforcement is opposed to it. For example, last fall, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek wrote an op-ed arguing "there is a direct connection between marijuana and violent crime."That argument strikes pot user ... More >>
During a WCCO radio appearance yesterday, Gov. Mark Dayton characterized the likelihood of any medical marijuana legislation being signed into law this year as between "slim and none." He lamented that "the advocates who want to be able to smoke leaf marijuana... are not interested in carrying [a me ... More >>
Gov. Mark Dayton took to WCCO radio this morning to say that his proposal to research medical marijuana hasn't gotten any love from the advocates of broader legalization. He put the prospects of passing it between "slim and none." However, those same advocates plan to add part of the Dayton proposa ... More >>
Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton asked members of his staff to work on a medical marijuana bill that he could possibly sign into law. Here it is -- a seven-page proposal that seems destined to make everyone happy except the actual supporters of medical marijuana. Rather than green light a distribution s ... More >>
In the wake of yesterday's developments, Minnesota's medical marijuana push has gone off the rails.And with law enforcement officials showing no sign of softening their anti-pot stance -- and Governor Dayton giving no indication he'll reconsider his I'll-only-support-it-if-cops-do position -- the bi ... 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 >>
Only a few months ago, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom called a press conference to announce that "marijuana is not a medicine." It may come as a surprise, then, that the Minnesota Law Enforcement Coalition recently outlined for lawmakers the perimeters in which they could work with a medical ... More >>
Maria Botker throws her arms forward and droops her head, mimicking, in slow-motion, the way in which her seven-year-old daughter wilts daily. She calls the worst of these "drop seizures." The Botkers live a fragmented life between Minnesota and Colorado so they can get access to Charlotte's Web ... More >>
Just before 6 p.m. Saturday, Roberto Ortiz, a 22-year-old Minneapolis resident, was pulled over in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights after an officer observed him commit unspecified traffic violations.SEE ALSO: St. Cloud police show off 44 pounds of pot they seized yesterday [PHOTO]Ortiz conse ... More >>
Minneapolis Councilman Andrew Johnson is one of those rare characters in the medical marijuana debate, playing both politician and patient. He was diagnosed only a few years ago with an extreme form of glaucoma in both eyes, he says. Before major surgeries, his doctors have prescribed conventional ... More >>
Minnesota may be closer to legalizing medical marijuana than anyone realizes.At a press conference earlier this year, Gov. Mark Dayton reiterated his opposition to medical marijuana and argued that "objective information" was needed in the debate, seeming to slam the door shut. But a couple weeks l ... More >>
An unlikely coalition stands poised to fight for legalization of the natural remedy
A new St. Cloud State University survey shows that the overwhelming majority of Minnesotans favor legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. More than three-fourths of people interviewed in late October -- 76 percent -- answered yes to the question, "Would you support or oppose making marijuana l ... More >>
During a Friday interview with the Associated Press, Mark Dayton said he'll sign a bill legalizing Sunday liquor sales if it gets through the legislature. But the governor isn't as supportive of efforts to relax marijuana laws.RELATED: MNGOP guv hopefuls strike more liberal tone on marijuana reform ... More >>
When it comes to medical marijuana -- or any relaxing of pot laws whatsoever -- Gov. Mark Dayton has said, "I don't think we need another drug operating in our society."SEE ALSO: MNGOP spent $10,500 on study that supports legalizing medical marijuanaHe's also said he wouldn't sign a bill legalizing ... More >>
A bipartisan medical marijuana bill introduced in the waning days of the most recent legislative session promises to be a hot topic of conversation at the Capitol next year.SEE ALSO: Blacks in Minnesota 8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites, study says The bill has the maximum ... More >>
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will introduce companion bills to legalize medical marijuana today at the Capitol.SEE ALSO: MNGOP spent $10,500 on study that supports legalizing medical marijuana According to a press release distributed by the pro-marijuana law reform group Minnesotans for Co ... More >>
We can certainly think of worse problems to have, but Moorhead police say the latest one they're facing is an influx of California medical marijuana.SEE ALSO: Kimani Young, new U of M assistant basketball coach, was once busted with 96 pounds of potLast Friday, police executing a search warrant arre ... 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 >>
As we told you about a couple weeks ago, a bill easing Minnesota's marijuana laws will likely come before the legislature this session. And thanks to new DFL majorities, it stands a good chance of bring approved.SEE ALSO:-- MNGOP spent $10,500 on study that supports legalizing medical marijuana-- Th ... More >>
In July, President Obama signed legislation banning synthetic pot. The new federal law came on the heels of repeated state-level efforts to crack down on synthetic drugs here in Minnesota.SEE ALSO:-- Duluth's Last Place on Earth raided as new synthetic drug crackdown goes into effect-- Adam Budge, 1 ... More >>
Adam Budge gave his buddy, 17-year-old Elijah Stai of Park Rapids, a fatal dose of a synthetic hallucinogen. Budge, 18, could spend 25 years in prison as a result.Just before 10 p.m. on June 12, Budge and Stai were hanging out at Budge's East Grand Forks home when they mixed a white power -- 2C-I -- ... More >>
The MNGOP spent $10,500 on a study supporting efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota.That's according to Tim Goar, the owner of TG Med Inc., the medical supply company in Mound, Minnesota, that was paid to do the research.The September 2010 payment for the study was mentioned in an in ... More >>
In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees
Arguing against government meddling in health care, while simultaneously arguing for it.It's probably too much to ask a presidential candidate who once outlawed bong water to take an enlightened look at the benefits of medical marijuana. But when it comes to a drug that can make life more b ... More >>
Cana Cola"12 mind-blowing ounces" in various flavorsMove over Four Loko and whiskey-in-a-can. Clay Butler, an entrepreneur in California, is developing Canna Cola, a soft drink that contains THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. He plans to produce a line of sodas that includes a Dr. P ... More >>
New form of marijuana will give you--and also cure--an ice cream headacheMinnesotans will have to wait for a post-Pawlenty era for the idea of medical marijuana to become a reality in the state, but this story out of California offers a reason to redouble efforts once T-Paw is out the door: M ... More >>
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if CP folk were busted for being mobsters running the streets, would it be more newsworthy because many of us are under 30 and the Roaring 20s was a big time for prohibition gangsters? Doubt it.
Andrew Sullivan has a posting called "The Cannabis Closet", whereby he encourages potheads to "come out." To coincide with this week's story on medical marijuana (and because posting on April Fool's Day gives us plausible deniability), we're coming out of the cannabis closet ourselves... and encoura ... More >>
Sick patients' loved ones hopeful for additional relaxation of the law
As the MN legislators ponder legalizing medical marijuana, U of M data-crunchers uncover more stoner-friendly news: you're significantly less likely to get arrested now for lighting up than you were eight years ago.
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