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 >>
A bill that could legalize medical use of marijuana in Minnesota undergoes its first test tomorrow. It's scheduled for conversation at the House Health and Human Services Committee, and both sides of the debate have begun preparing their people. At the moment, the list of speakers remains hush-hus ... 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 >>
Last month, the Violent Crimes Coordinating Council did something odd. Members decided to make their "strong opposition" to medical marijuana known by sending a letter to the bill's chief legislative proponents, including State Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-6A). It asserted that the chronic pain of individu ... 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 >>
Just about everyone who's met privately with Minnesota's top cops to talk medical marijuana has walked away from negotiations using the same two words -- brick wall. "They had blanket opposition to marijuana reform," State Rep. Carly Melin (DFL) told us last month while we were researching a stor ... More >>
And he shall be known also as Johnny Cannabis Seed, Minnesota's own marijuana tour guide.We're talking about Thomas Evenstad, a suburban blogger who on Wednesday launched the website Mile High 420 Tours, which offers personalized advice on marijuana dispensaries. For the right price, Evenstad will g ... More >>
Amelia Weaver had been developing like any other child when she was stricken by a seizure. The family and a pediatrician figured it has been the result of a high fever, but the immobilizing fits came back and over the years intensified. Further testing showed that the little girl from Hibbing, unabl ... 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 >>
Whatever the reason, Minnesota cops are far more likely to arrest blacks for pot possession than whites, according to a new study by the ACLU.SEE ALSO: Mark Hamburger's MLB career derailed by pot; he now lives in parents' Shoreview basementAccording to the study, blacks were nearly eight times as li ... 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 >>
Plus, Governor Dayton doesn't want to relax marijuana laws, Strib journalists want raises
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 >>
An internal review committee formed to look into the Minnesota Republican Party's finances found no "theft" at the MNGOP but uncovered evidence of mismanagement. The committee's members -- Pat Anderson, Scott Dutcher, Kelly Fenton, Randy Gilbert, Jeff Johnson, Terry McCall, Bron Scherer, Rick Weibl ... 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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The Minnesota Senate approved a state medical marijuana bill with a 36-28 vote. The legislation now heads to the state House before hitting Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk for a likely veto.
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