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Wednesday Ends Long Wait For Medical Marijuana Patients

Patients and their parents will head into Minnesota’s first medical marijuana clinic in Minneapolis at midnight Tuesday, eager to get a potentially promising new medicine as soon as July 1 hits.

06/30/2015

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Talking Points: Minnesota’s Rocky Medical Pot Rollout

This Wednesday is the first day Minnesotans can pick up medical marijuana prescriptions.

06/28/2015

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Medical Pot Sales To Begin In Minnesota, But Fight Not Over

There will be no baggies of pot awaiting patients next week when Minnesota joins 21 other states in offering medical marijuana. No glass pipes, no plants to tend at home. Instead, the nation’s latest medical marijuana program is a world of pill bottles and vials of marijuana-infused oil.

06/28/2015

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Medical Pot Distribution Center Readies For 1st Wave Of Patients

In just five days, approved patients will start receiving medical marijuana under Minnesota’s new cannabis program. The state selected LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions to grow and distribute medical cannabis in the form of pills or oils.

06/26/2015

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Marijuana Grower Gives Tour Of Cottage Grove Facility

In two weeks, the first prescriptions for medical marijuana will be filled in Minnesota.

On Wednesday, one of the two state-approved marijuana growing facilities opened its doors for a tour of its operation.

LeafLine Labs is in Cottage Grove, and members of the Bachman family, as in Bachman flowers, are major investors.

06/17/2015

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Indian Tribe In South Dakota Moves To Legalize Marijuana

An American Indian tribe in eastern South Dakota has approved selling and using marijuana on tribal lands.

06/16/2015

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Dakotas Tribal Leaders Pitching Pot As Economic Opportunity

Marijuana companies in California and Colorado have tabbed prominent American Indian leaders from the Dakotas to help prod tribes across the nation into the pot business.

06/14/2015

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Key State Official To Become CEO Of Medical Cannabis Company

A Minnesota health official instrumental in getting the state’s medical marijuana program off the ground is leaving to become chief executive of a company that grows the cannabis — a move that may expose him and the Department of Health to questions about prior regulatory decisions.

06/11/2015

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Vegas Man Held In Slaying Of Deaf Poker Player From Minn.

Authorities in Las Vegas are linking the slaying of a Deaf Minnesota poker player to a botched attempt to buy 10 pounds of marijuana from two men in the parking lot of an apartment complex several blocks east of the Strip. An arrest report made public Monday says 39-year-old John Cyril Collins of Lake Crystal, Minnesota, died May 11, shortly after he was shot in the chest in a Cadillac sedan that he and his girlfriend drove to Nevada to buy pot.

06/09/2015

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Marijuana Firm’s Arrival Stirs Fear Of Clinics-For-Hire

A New York firm’s efforts to build a network of clinics in Minnesota that can help patients get medical marijuana has state officials concerned. MarijuanaDoctors.com is behind one clinic that opened in Bloomington this week.

06/05/2015

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Survey: Only 9 Percent Of Minn. Doctors Will Participate In Medical Marijuana Program

The Minnesota Department of Health says only five patients have been certified for the state’s new medical marijuana program so far. Only 30 doctors have registered, and a new poll shows an overwhelming majority are not interested in participating.

06/03/2015

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Survey: 9 Percent Of MN Doctors Will Participate in Medical Cannabis Program

As Minnesota’s medical marijuana program gears up registration, many patients may find it difficult to get the newly legalized drug.

06/03/2015

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Thousands Seeking Marijuana Prescriptions May Not Get Them

Thousands of Minnesotans who qualify for medical marijuana prescriptions may not be able to get them next month. Patients started registering for the new program on Monday, but one of the state’s largest neurology practices says its doctors won’t take part for now.

06/01/2015

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Minnesota Approves 2 Labs To Test Medical Marijuana

Another step in the process as medical cannabis becomes legal in Minnesota in just a few months. Minnesota’s medical cannabis program is still on track to begin this summer. The Minnesota Department of Health is approving two laboratories to test the products that will be coming from the state’s medical cannabis manufacturers.

04/29/2015

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Pot Advocates To Hold 4/20 Rally At State Capitol

Denver police said there were no major problems as marijuana celebrations continued for a second day on Sunday, but police tweeted a reminder that while recreational use of marijuana is legal in Colorado, people still can’t use it in public.

04/20/2015

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Father Who Gave Baby Weed Charged With Endangerment

A dad who police said he’d rather give his baby weed than Tylenol is in jail.

Ramsey County charged Richard Martin and his wife, Molly, with child endangerment. Richard Martin also faces a charge of selling marijuana. Police found several marijuana plants in his mom’s St. Paul basement, where they were living.

04/17/2015

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Couple Found Guilty Of Intending to Sell Over 3.5 Pounds Of Pot

A Nevis couple was found guilty of possessing marijuana with the intention of selling Friday morning. According to the Hubbard County Attorney’s Office, in April 2014 Hubbard County deputies found over 3.5 pounds of marijuana and several thousand dollars in the possession of Scott and Cathy Cameron.

04/17/2015

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Legal Issues Resolved, Marijuana Mom Moving To Colorado

Days before a Minnesota mom was set to stand trial for giving her son medical marijuana, WCCO has learned the charges against her will be dismissed.

04/16/2015

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‘Pot (The Movie)’ Features Plight Of Minnesota Family

A movie premiering Saturday at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival is taking on marijuana. Michael Hope’s film, “Pot (the movie),” tells the plight of a Minnesota woman who gave her son medical marijuana.

04/11/2015

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Police Say St. Paul Pizzeria Was Front For Marijuana Operation

Police say a St. Paul pizzeria and ice cream parlor turned out to be a front for a marijuana trafficking business. The investigation began last summer after a concerned citizen reported that Papa Dmitri’s Classic Pizza and Ice Cream was rarely open and didn’t seem to do much actual business.

03/28/2015

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Charges: Farmington Man Impersonates Police, Handcuffs 13-Year-Old

A Farmington man is being charged for allegedly impersonating a police officer and cuffing a 13-year-old boy. Andrew Scott Benson, 18, is facing one count of false imprisonment and one count of impersonating an officer.

03/27/2015

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Documents: Illegal Pot Ring Shipped Tons Out Of Colorado

Colorado is doing a good job keeping legal marijuana from spilling beyond state borders despite a newly unsealed indictment alleging 32 people earned millions of dollars by illegally exporting tons of the drug to other states, the state’s Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said Thursday.

03/26/2015

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Marijuana Wax Fire Leads To Grandmother’s Death, 2 Men Charged With Murder

There’s a new warning from Public Safety experts Wednesday about the dangers of cooking concentrated marijuana oil. It can lead to explosions and fires, like the one that has two St. Cloud men charged for the death of a grandmother.

03/25/2015

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St. Paul Lawyer Gets 5 Years For Laundering Drug Money

A St. Paul attorney has been sentenced to five years in prison for using his law firm to launder money from a marijuana operation. Fifty-two-year-old Robert Boedigheimer was convicted last June of one count each of money laundering, money laundering conspiracy and making false statements to investigators.

03/10/2015

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Police Find Pot Inside Container Labeled ‘Not Weed’

A man in Lincoln, Nebraska, has been cited for possessing pot inside a container that had been slapped with a label reading: “Not Weed.” The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Lancaster County deputies stopped the man’s vehicle around 9 p.m. Saturday.

03/02/2015

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