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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
-- Update, including comments from Stanek himself, at bottom -- This afternoon, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek will meet with a group of children from the Boys and Girls Club of Little Earth to run these words of wisdom by them:RELATED: Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek thinks pot makes you v ... More >>
No doubt, smoking ganja makes folks aggressive -- toward snack foods. But toward humans?SEE ALSO: The new Green Giant looks like he just took a bong rip [PHOTO]As counterintuitive as that may seem, it's the sincere belief of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, who argued in a Sunday Star Tribune op ... 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 >>
Yesterday, following an eight-month investigation, St. Cloud police arrested 32-year-old Samlith Khongloth for slinging pot.SEE ALSO: Kimani Young, new U of M assistant basketball coach, was once busted with 96 pounds of potKhongloth only had a pound on him at the time (along with $6,000 cash), but ... More >>
On May 31, one of Adrian Peterson's 14 siblings, Ashton Stevenson, was arrested in Eden Prairie as part of a Southwest Metro Drug Task Force marijuana dealing investigation.SEE ALSO: Adrian Peterson doesn't look "heavily intoxicated" in his mugshot [PHOTO] But Stevenson wasn't charged with a crime a ... More >>
Heroin is a bigger problem than ever in the Twin Cities, and especially in Hennepin County, law enforcement officials said at a news conference today.SEE ALSO: Moorhead police decry recent influx of Cali medical marijuanaAt the newser, a doctor said there were four heroin-related deaths reported in ... 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 >>
Purling Hiss With Hollow Boys 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis April 16, 2013 Minneapolis music fans are a fickle lot. They turn out in droves for sold-out shows that turn out to be justified (Divine Fits, Tame Impala) and some that can't quite meet the hype (Alt-J, Wavves), yet on a Tuesday night in ... More >>
Move over, Jerome Simpson and your six pounds of ganja. That's nothing compared to the stash new University of Minnesota assistant men's basketball coach Kimani Young was busted with back in the late '90s.SEE ALSO: The new Green Giant looks like he just took a bong rip [PHOTO] Young, a former colleg ... 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 >>
The alleged former leader of a north Minneapolis criminal clique known as "YNT" (Young 'n Thuggin') was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison Monday for aiding and abetting the distribution of crack cocaine. SEE ALSO: Cover: The View From Down Here Minneapolis guns incidents, violen ... More >>
Officers executing a search warrant in a foreclosed Brainerd home Monday afternoon got a lot more than they bargained for.SEE ALSO: Stillwater couple's pock-faced, cross-eyed mugshots double as anti-meth advertising [PHOTOS]When they first arrived at the property to follow up on a report that electr ... More >>
Two 27-year-olds from St. Paul were busted in Oregon on Tuesday morning with a lifetime's worth of pot in their vehicle -- 26 pounds, to be exact.SEE ALSO: The new Green Giant looks like he just took a bong rip [PHOTO]Gregory Swenson and William Shepherd were arrested and now face a felony delivery ... More >>
Plus, Governor Dayton doesn't want to relax marijuana laws, Strib journalists want raises
Yesterday, Gov. Mark Dayton held a joint Capitol news conference with DFL and MNGOP legislative leaders.SEE ALSO:-- Senate Majority Leader-elect Bakk responds dismissively to pro-marriage equality email -- MNGOP Rep.-elect Cindy Pugh is worried about "An illiterate, disengaged and lazy electorate" W ... More >>
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 >>
SEE ALSO:-- Adam Budge, 18, charged with murder following friend's synthetic drug overdose-- House approves synthetic drug crackdown amid concern about prison overcrowdingJim Carlson, owner of Duluth's Last Place on Earth, has made millions of dollars selling synthetic drugs -- in fact, he estimated ... More >>
See Also: Native Mob takedown: a closer look at the charges Native Mob federal case: Eight more plead to lesser charges Jeremee Kraskey was going to talk to the feds. He had already given them information. That, at least, was the belief of his fellow Native Mob gang members on February 26, 2011 ... More >>
There must be something about the waters of the St. Croix River that make authorities really paranoid about glass pipes.Earlier this month, we told you about a new Stillwater ordinance that broadly defines "drug paraphernalia" as "objects used, intended for use, or designed for use in ingesting, in ... More >>
Glenn Smith went a little bit crazy on Monday when his girlfriend deleted his meth dealers' numbers from his cell phone, police say.At one point during a possibly meth-fueled rampage, Smith's girlfriend found him sharpening his samurai sword on a grinder in their Vadnais Heights garage. "Want me to ... 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 >>
Seventy percent of men arrested in Minneapolis last year had illegal drugs in their system, according to a report released yesterday by a federal drug-monitoring program.The report looked at drug use rates for arrestees in 10 large American cities, and Minneapolis' 70-percent rate ranked fifth highe ... More >>
Disgraced Minneapolis power broker Al Garcia is in trouble with his probation officer for violating the terms of his supervised release. Garcia pled guilty to a federal charge of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in 2010 and beat the rap on charges that he rap ... 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 >>
In Breaking Bad, Walter and Jesse begin their meth-cooking career by cooking in the back of an RV in New Mexico.The hit show may have inspired copycat cookers right here in the Twin Cities, as St. Paul police yesterday arrested two men suspected of cooking meth in the back of an SUV.Following up on ... 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 >>
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.
Brett Favre's younger sister, Brandi, has been arrested in a meth bust.More trouble in the Favre family. Brandi Favre, Brett's younger sister, has been arrested in Mississippi after police moved in on a meth lab. Hancock County narcotics agents say they watched a drug buy at a gas station in ... More >>
Al Garcia falls even further.Al Garcia, the one-time city hall power broker who beat a rape allegation but was convicted on drug possession charges, has been disbarred by the Minnesota Supreme Court. The issue this time was repeatedly misappropriating his clients' money, the court said.
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Jesse Ventura hangs with the mellow folk tonight.When we interviewed Jesse Ventura last year about his new show, "Conspiracy Theory," he certainly came off as a little paranoid. But not in a Cheech and Chong, flush-the-goods-down-the-toilet way. If anything, Ventura could have used some mel ... More >>
K2 smokers, watch your back in these towns.As we predicted in July, the days of getting legally high on synthetic marijuana are increasingly numbered.Duluth was the first domino to fall, passing a city-wide ban on several common synthetic cannabinoid compounds.
Image by Jonathunder, WikipediaReitzman's future was bright, other than that 500 grams of meth thing.Just two years ago, the future looked promising for Jason Lee Reinartz. He had just opened up a swanky new tattoo shop in Austin, Minn. He had plans to open up another. But as Reinartz learned ... More >>
Yes, it gets you high.On Saturday Minnesota joins the growing list of states that have outlawed Salvia Divinorum, the smokable herb that gave us a lifetime's worth of YouTube videos. As this week's cover story explains, Salvia's place in the world of legal psychotropics is being taken by K2, ... More >>
Dubay fails another drug testJeff Dubay, the former KFAN radio jock, is headed back to the Ramsay County workhouse after admitting that he used cocaine -- again -- in violation -- again -- of his parole agreement. He's been sentenced by District Judge Joanne Smith to another 87 days in the p ... More >>
The state Supreme Court said her bong-water was a drug. Now she'll serve six months in jail.
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It's one thing to have your townhouse start on fire, but even worse when the cops find your entire weed growing operation and determine it caused the fire in the first place.
Thirty-one people in Minneapolis have been arrested in federal raids on a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. More than 1,000 have been busted across the country.
We can only imagine an awkward Thanksgiving if these brothers ever even see each other.
Sick patients' loved ones hopeful for additional relaxation of the law
...so we decide to try the potent, legal psychedelic ourselves.