The feds are finally coming after fake pot.The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has been taking aim at the chemical compounds in synthetic marijuana products for months, and tomorrow the agency is pulling the trigger. According to an advance copy of the agency's regulation obtained by ... More >>
The crackdown passes the House.The Minnesota House has voted nearly unanimously to crack down on the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. And a last-minute amendment will also make driving while under its influence a prosecutable offense. K2, Spice, Demon, Triple X, Mr. Nice Guy - wha ... 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 >>
Fake pot, real lawsuit.Minnesota's foray into the fake-marijuana wars is escalating. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by four Minnesota head shops against the Drug Enforcement Agency, but they have already appealed their case to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The head shops-- ... More >>
DEA to head shop owners: Not so fast.The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency says that a collection of Minnesota head shops jumped the gun when they sued the DEA over a ban on synthetic marijuana in December. The ban isn't even in place.
Sellers of the "herbal incense" say the feds are overstepping their bounds.The lawyer for four Minnesota head shops suing the Drug Enforcement Agency over its plans to ban synthetic marijuana says it's the DEA that's jumping the gun, not his clients.
Minnesota heads sock it to the feds.Marijuana legalization is on the back burner in Minnesota these days, but that hasn't stopped the state's stoners from opening up another front in the nation's drug wars.Four head shops from across the state recently joined together to sue the Drug Enforcem ... More >>
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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 >>
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Via WikipediaSeeing isn't believingYour day maybe done and you may want to ride on, but you may want to put down the razor blade and step away from the mirror. The cocaine running around your brain these days is increasingly diluted at its production point with something called Levamisole -- ... More >>
Photo: DEA via WikipediaHere, chew on thisA 37-year-old Maryland man was arrested over the weekend at Chicago's O'Hare Airport after luggage inspectors discovered he was trying to smuggle about 80 pounds of khat that he later told interrogators was destined for the Somali community in Minneap ... More >>
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The younger brother of Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan was arrested early Tuesday morning on possible drug charges in an ongoing investigation.
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