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 >>
Around 9 p.m. last night, an ultralight aircraft "buzzed the crowd" a couple of times at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival at El Rancho Mañana near Richmond.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Supreme Court rules you can legally drunk-drive SegwaysAllegedly, the crowd wasn't the only thing that ... More >>
Ray Martin McFeters isn't shy about his drug habit. The 73-year-old Air Force veteran lives in the rural Minnesota town of Aitkin, right on the north end of Mille Lacs Lake. He's been smoking pot most of his life, currently up to about 25-30 bowls a day, according to a recent interview with the Mi ... 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 >>
Last spring, law enforcement officials in Hennepin, Anoka, and Ramsey counties went public with concerns about a dramatic uptick in heroin use in the Twin Cities. It turns out a good portion of the metro area's supply may have been riding around in the car Apple Valley police found Warren Comeaux in ... 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 >>
Looking to score a rock in the Twin Ports? Until the cops got involved, it sounds like getting your hands on an EBT card would've helped the cause. SEE ALSO: Jeff Dubay says he started using crack after his brother slept with his wifeDuluth police announced today they've arrested 30 people and are h ... More >>
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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 >>
On Tuesday, Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu doled out a record sentence for a Minnesota drug crime and sentenced Pedro "Peli" Ayala-Leyva to 30 years in prison for his role in a large methamphetamine operation.Peli, 37, was found guilty in October of conspiracy to traffic drugs. State sentencing gu ... 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 >>
When the DRE scandal first made headlines last spring, City Pages talked with Dan Feidt to get his perspective on how the story fit into the broader narrative of America's war on drugs.CITY PAGES' DRE SCANDAL SERIES:-- DRE officer: "I don't know what the big deal is I just gave them marijuana" [PART ... More >>
A drug-sniffing dog found a considerable amount of methamphetamine -- and a pipe -- in Nicole Denzer's vagina. Apparently she forgot to pack a lighter. METH IS A HELL OF A DRUG:-- Stillwater couple's pock-faced, cross-eyed mugshots double as anti-meth advertising [PHOTOS]-- Man allegedly threatened ... More >>
At about 11 p.m. on June 14, police were patrolling an alley in between Harriet and Grand avenues in south Minneapolis. There had been a robbery in the area earlier that day.While driving down the alley, they came across a man keying into a locked garage door. He was wearing a large camping backpack ... 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 >>
Don't want your kid to do meth? Plaster the mugshots of Stillwater's Ashley Brooker and Nicholas Doyle to little Johnny's wall. While you might have to worry about him having nightmares, he'll probably never be tempted to touch crank. This week, Brooker, 23, and Doyle, 25, pleaded guilty to felony d ... More >>
Joseph Thomas, a 42-year-old Mendota Heights resident, had a sick notion of how he could get America talking about immigration issues.According to a federal affidavit obtained yesterday by the Associated Press, Thomas told an undercover agent he wanted to steal a pickup truck, fill it with oil and g ... More >>
Dan Feidt is the journalist and producer primarily responsible for MK Occupy Minnesota, the video making the explosive allegation that Minnesota officers have offered Peavey Plaza protesters drugs as an enticement for participation in the State Patrol's now-suspended Drug Recognition Expert program. ... More >>
Yesterday, the Hennepin, Anoka, and Ramsey County Sheriffs held a joint news conference to highlight a trend of increasing concern to Twin Cities law enforcement -- an uptick in heroin use, particularly among youth.Deaths caused by heroin overdoses in the three counties increased nearly three-fold l ... More >>
Lawrence Wajda, the Minneapolis firefighter charged with meth possession last week, was placed on administrative leave Sunday, says Matt Laible, spokesman for the city of Minneapolis. Wajda was arrested while working at a firehouse in Stadium Village last Tuesday. Upon searching Wajda, Minneapolis ... More >>
Lawrence Anthony Wajda Jr., a veteran Minneapolis firefighter, was charged with possession of methamphetamine Wednesday after police found .5 grams of the drug with him at work. Wadja, who has worked at the department for more than 20 years, faces felony fifth-degree drug possession. "It's unfortu ... More >>
Minneapolis' Champions Sports Bar and Grill, located near Lake & Nicollet in the Lyndale neighborhood, has long been known as a drug den.Bar management promised to clean the place up in 2007, but their efforts apparently didn't stick. Monday afternoon, Minneapolis police announced they arrest ... More >>
Derek Wayne Brown, a 43-year-old Minneapolis man, was sentenced to eight years in prison today for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine. Brown was released from jail in 2008 after serving 14 years for first-degree assault. In November 2010, he and eight others were indicted fo ... 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
Photo by Shawn Brackbill BY IAN POWERIn the print edition of this week's City Pages, we have an interview with Matador signee and Philadelphia indie rocker Kurt Vile, who is coming to the Varsity Theater next Monday with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. What follows is the extended transcript of Ia ... More >>
The wild details of Wednesday's early morning raid of an after-hours club at 3019 27th Ave. in south Minneapolis haven't resulted in equally wild charges, at least not yet.Police described finding alcohol, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and suspected ecstasy pills on the scene, as wel ... More >>
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 >>
300 pounds of marijuana seized in Big Lake.Suspected of being a stash house, the home on Sherburne County Road 83 in Big Lake Township had been under watch for five months by the time police moved in on Valentine's Day. When the dust settled, 300 pounds of marijuana had been seized, and five ... 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 >>
Brandi Favre: "Always in trouble."Vikings QB Brett Favre's younger sister Brandi was arrested yesterday during a meth bust in Diamondhead, Miss. Now the local police have released her mug shot. "She's always in trouble," Hancock County Sheriff's Maj. Matt Karl told AP.
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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