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 >>
A June 26 synthetic drug bust in the small Iron Range town of Taconite resulted in the seizure of four pounds of "suspected synthetic marijuana 'Spice,'" as Itasca County officials put it. But perhaps the most intriguing part of the story are the mugshots of the two suspects arrested and charged wit ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
As a conference committee tries to hash out (pardon the pun) a medical marijuana compromise, one issue that's already been agreed upon is that Minnesota's medical marijuana system won't allow patients to actually smoke marijuana. The House bill doesn't even allow patients to get their hands on plant ... More >>
The Minnesota Senate approved a bill Tuesday that legalizes marijuana for medical use but limits ingestion to pills, oil, and vaporizing. It made it across the finish line with enough votes to overcome a veto by Gov. Mark Dayton -- 48 to 18 -- following a five-hour debate that produced some of the m ... 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 >>
A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota passed a health committee Friday with an amendment calling for a health impact study. The study mirrors a recent compromise offered by Gov. Mark Dayton and his staff but would be conducted alongside the proposed medical marijuana program rath ... More >>
Members of the U.S. Marshals North Star Fugitive Task Force got a rude awakening when they tried to apprehend a fugitive at a house at 5137 Abbott Avenue South in the Fulton neighborhood of southwest Minneapolis last Friday morning.When officers entered the home behind 37-year-old Jeremy Gonser, who ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Powerful voices argue for policy changes in Sundance prize-winning documentary
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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
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 >>
Minnesota head shops see high profit margin
Is D.C. finally ready to let us toke up?
If it smells like meth, and it looks like meth ...
A new Denver medical marijuana dispensary serves up pot-infused hummus, pizza, and lasagna alongside its "Bud Bar."
... even though the over-the-counter hallucinogen remains perfectly legal in the Cornhusker State. What the hell's going on?
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 "meth mouth" epidemic is now accepted fact. Pictures of recovering addicts with blackened, decaying teeth have become staples of newspaper articles and television reports. But is the main cause of these rotting incisors meth use--or simply poor hygiene and eating habits?