National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Inside the Neon Soul of Shiro Dame

    Shiro Dame | Mill City Nights | Saturday, October 18"I feel like there's some weird, magical thing that happens when we're together," says vocalist Sarah White of her five-piece band Shiro Dame. "Once we start playing, we just fall into this really good pocket where we can make all different styles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Chief Janee Harteau Bails on Public Meeting

    Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau pulled out of a town hall-type event Thursday, claiming her presence might agitate folks in the crowd. In a statement, the chief mentioned "credible information from a long-standing community leader, in addition to a number of other sources, about planned ph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    2014 State Fair poll: slight majority of Minnesotans oppose pot legalization

    The results of this year's State Fair poll were released Tuesday, showing that Minnesotans favor same-day voter registration and an increase in the gas tax for road and bridge construction. But a slight majority also opposes the idea of legalizing cannabis for recreational use, thereby extending a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Minnesota picks Michelle Larson to head state's medical pot program

    Minnesota's Department of Health finally made its pick to head up the new medical cannabis program yesterday, picking department vet Michelle Larson to lead the program as it prepares to launch over the next year. Larson comes to the program after nearly a decade with the department, and while she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    The DFL Party just came really close to putting legal pot on its list of priorities

    At the Minnesota DFL convention in Duluth last month, 1,076 delegates cast ballots related to the party's 2014-15 action agenda. Resolutions ranged from taxes to veterans to recreational cannabis. The last one needed 619 votes to pass, but ended up with 603, according to tally takers. See also: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Gov. Mark Dayton's medical cannabis task force includes staunch opponents and supporters

    Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton named 16 people to a task force that's responsible for evaluating the state's medical cannabis program. The list is a mixed bag, including eight healthcare providers and four members of the public -- but also four opponents from the law enforcement community. None of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Pro-legalization Rep. Rena Moran says she won't author marijuana legalization bill

    Yesterday, we broke the news that Minnesota NORML, for the first time, plans to push legislation next session that would legalize marijuana in Minnesota. Marcus Harcus, the new associate director of MN NORML, told us the organization is targeting pro-legalization Rep. Rena Moran (D-St. Paul) as the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    MN NORML to push for legalization of marijuana next year

    For the first time in its history, Minnesota NORML plans to draft a marijuana legalization bill for consideration during the next legislative session.Marcus Harcus, the new associate director of the organization, tells us "the precedent that was set in Colorado and Washington gives me hope that it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Rep. Diane Loeffler tells feds to get moving on marijuana research

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    MN NORML rallies at the capitol for pot reform

    Demonstrators descended on the state capitol rotunda Wednesday thrusting fists and signs into the air with chants of "yes, we cannabis!" For two hours, the hallways echoed with the voices of cops, writers, pols, and lawyers invited by Minnesota NORML, which lobbies for marijuana reform. They rubbe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Black Minnesotans way more likely to get arrested for marijuana than whites, report says

    A new report published by Minnesota 2020 reiterates what cannabis activists have been saying for years, in some cases decades -- that marijuana reform is not merely a matter of medical necessity but of civil rights.Relying on FBI statistics from 2011, the progressive think tank found that black Minn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    MADD calls upon Minnesota to legalize sobriety checkpoints

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving gave Minnesota low marks in its new state-by-state evaluation of DWI laws.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Supreme Court rules you can legally drunk-drive Segways MADD, in particular, calls upon state lawmakers to legalize sobriety checkpoints, writing that they "will give law enfor ... More >>

  • News

    January 29, 2014

    When will medical marijuana be legal in Minnesota?

    An unlikely coalition stands poised to fight for legalization of the natural remedy

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    I paid Minnesota taxes on a gram of marijuana

    The halls of the Minnesota Department of Revenue in St. Paul bustle with form-weary taxpayers. It's late morning as I approach the counter looking to declare possession of a gram of weed. A blonde receptionist in a black sweater looks at me curiously. She reaches for the phone to alert staff up ... More >>

  • News

    October 9, 2013

    Holy smoke: Rastafarians toke for a higher power

    Father and son argue in Minnesota courts that marijuana is essential to their religion

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Chuck Grassley, Iowa Senator, compares smoking pot to murder, rape, and child abuse

    Chuck Grassley, a 79-year-old U.S. Senator from Iowa, took the overheated rhetoric of the war on drugs to new heights in a letter he sent to constituents comparing smoking pot to murder, rape, and child abuse.SEE ALSO:-- Chuck Grassley, Iowa Senator, is hilariously awful at Twitter-- Marijuana legal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Minneapolis ranked 13th most pot-loving community

    Photo: aturkus/Flickr​April 20's a bit of mythical date for those who partake of the herb, and The Daily Beast took the opportunity to check in with some "experts" and consult some statistics to create it's Top 40 Most Pot-Loving Communities. Minneapolis comes in at No. 13. Maybe we'd have ra ... More >>

  • News

    January 13, 2010

    Marijuana steadily creeps toward legalization

    Is D.C. finally ready to let us toke up?

  • Calendar

    April 16, 2008
  • News

    July 4, 2007

    Par's Download Blues

    The ink-stained Benedict Arnold gets his comeuppance in court

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2006

    Buzzkill: State lawmakers target head shops

    Believe it or not, Minnesota does have a law against selling drug paraphernalia. Really. It's right there in Chapter 152 of the Minnesota State Statutes: "It is unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to deliver drug paraphernalia or knowingly or intentionally to possess or manufacture dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2005

    Skunk Works continued

    Skunk Works   New Science Connects Marijuana Use and Schizophrenia (As If We Weren't Feeling Paranoid Enough Already...)   You may have found yourself wondering recently, as I have, whether the best way to ride out the rest of the Bush theocracy might be to stay baked on a semi-permanent basis. We ... More >>

  • Music

    July 10, 2002

    Odds and Ends

    The dap dip, the reefer man, and the best Parisian disco album

  • Books

    May 16, 2001

    High Heaven

    Chisago County says a local rabbi took her campaign to legalize medicinal marijuana one toke over the line

  • News

    May 31, 2000

    Who Wants to be a Senator?

    Forget free trade with China, privatizing Social Security, and that pesky debate about campaign-finance reform. Heres everything you really need to know about that gaggle of Minnesotans who are vying for a six-year stint in Washington.

  • News

    March 26, 1997

    Hemp and Hype

    Will anti-drug hysteria give way to the lust of profit?

  • Feature

    November 15, 1995