Marijuana

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Federal Jury Convicts Man In Large Drug Bust

A federal jury in Sioux Falls has convicted a Minnesota man in a drug case that authorities say involved large quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana.

08/21/2014

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Minn. Family Takes Son To Oregon For Marijuana Regimen

A Twin Cities family says they couldn’t wait any longer for medical marijuana to become legal in Minnesota. They’ve spent the last month in another state to see what cannabis can do to help their son.

08/19/2014

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Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering

A 30-year-old Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering after $200,000 was found in his trunk during a traffic stop in northern Idaho in January 2013.

08/19/2014

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Medical Pot Competition Heats Up

The competition is fierce to be one of two medical cannabis manufacturers in Minnesota. Legislation passed last session created a new process allowing seriously ill Minnesota’s to get and use medical marijuana to treat certain conditions.

08/08/2014

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Minot Man Busted During I-94 Enforcement Effort

A Minot man has been charged in a methamphetamine bust on Interstate 94 in Minnesota. Justin Allen Hanson was arrested last weekend while Highway Patrol troopers were participating in a special enforcement campaign along Interstates 94 and 90. Police received a tip that Hanson was driving erratically on the highway.

08/06/2014

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Medical Pot Backers Hope To Speed Task Force Work

Potential medical marijuana patients and family members said Thursday they hope to assuage police concerns as the state builds up its new program allowing the treatment of eight illnesses with some forms of cannabis.

07/31/2014

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2 Meetings Set On Minnesota Medical Marijuana Law

Two public meetings have been set to discus planning for Minnesota’s new medical marijuana program. The first is on July 31 and will be used to familiarize a 16-member Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research with its duties. The other one is an early-August session by the Office of Medical Cannabis to brief potential manufacturers and others about the timetable and program guidelines.

07/16/2014

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Plans Readied For Medical Marijuana Operation

A Montevideo parent says he’s prepared to run Minnesota’s first medical marijuana manufacturing operation if the state can’t get the drug elsewhere.

07/11/2014

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Dayton Names 16 To Study Impact Of Marijuana Law

Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday appointed 16 members to a task force that will study the impact of the state’s new medical marijuana law. The governor’s appointees to the Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research range from law enforcement officials to people who treat substance abuse to potential patients and their parents.

07/10/2014

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4 Arrested In Connection With Dakota Co. Marijuana Grow Operation

Dakota County officials arrested four individuals in connection with a marijuana grow operation in cities throughout Dakota and Scott Counties. Thi An Mac, 31, of Burnsville; Nghia Hoang Nguyen, 31, of St. Paul; Trang Uyen Mac, 35, of Burnsville, and Trung Van Nguyen, 39, of Apple Valley,  were charged each with one count of conspiracy to commit controlled substance crime in the second and third degree.

06/02/2014

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Police Seize Pounds Of Marijuana, $48K In Cash In New Hope

A tip back in April led investigators to a big drug bust in the Twin Cities on Sunday, which will take a lot of marijuana off the streets. According to Richfield Police, officers arrested 31-year-old Eric Latroy Dubose. During a search of his New Hope apartment, police seized more than 15 pounds of marijuana, $48,000 in cash and a loaded .45 caliber handgun.

05/31/2014

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Gov. Dayton Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Into Law

Minnesota joined the ranks of 21 other states Thursday where marijuana is a legal medicine with a law that is one of the nation’s most restrictive.

05/29/2014

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Legal Pot In California Irrelevant In Minn. Case

Evidence that a defendant can legally use marijuana for medical purposes in another state isn’t relevant when that person is on trial for violating Minnesota’s drug laws, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

05/27/2014

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Lawmakers Pass Measure Allowing Medical Marijuana

A bill making Minnesota the 22nd state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes has cleared its final legislative hurdle.

05/16/2014

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Minn. Mom Welcomes Medical Pot Deal, Will Fight For More Access

It’s the news for which thousands of Minnesota families have waited. State lawmakers reached a deal Thursday that will make medical marijuana legal. Angela Garin watches her son have seizures daily. Now, the St. Paul mom hopes medical marijuana will help him and thousands of others.

05/15/2014

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Minnesota Lawmakers Strike Medical Marijuana Deal

Minnesota lawmakers have a deal on a medical marijuana bill that would set up eight distribution sites and allow qualified patients to access the drug in oil, pill and vapor form. The agreement announced Thursday was crafted to suit concerns of Gov. Mark Dayton, who backs it.

05/15/2014

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Minnesota Pot Debate Centers On Plant Access

Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s still hopeful lawmakers can fashion a medical marijuana compromise that gets help to ailing people but doesn’t allow for access he fears would be too wide. Dayton said Monday that he has top aides working with legislators on a bill that can become law.

05/12/2014

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Dayton Says He Will Sign House Medical Pot Bill

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has sent a letter to House and Senate sponsors of their respective medical-marijuana bills. Dayton said he would sign the bill into law if legislators adopted the House version as is. Dayton sent the letter to Minneapolis Democratic Sen. Scott Dibble and Hibbing Democratic Rep. Carly Melin soon after the House passed a medical-marijuana proposal on Friday.

05/09/2014

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Minnesota House Passes Medical Pot Legislation

The Minnesota House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Friday that would legalize marijuana use for medical reasons but under tighter restrictions than a bill passed by the Senate earlier in the week.

05/09/2014

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Talking Points: Differences In House & Senate Medical Marijuana Bills

Bills legalizing medical marijuana could be voted on in both the Minnesota House and Senate this week, but the House and Senate versions are significantly different. That has led to disagreements among supporters that some say threaten passage of any type of bill.

05/04/2014

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Police: 6 Hurt After Car Crashes Into St. Paul Bar

A Little Canada, Minn. man has been charged with crashing his minivan into a St. Paul bar early Friday morning and leaving five patrons injured. He has been charged with one count of fleeing a police officer and five counts of criminal vehicular operation.

05/02/2014

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Minnesota Medical Pot Rift Could Threaten Bill

A rift among Minnesota supporters of allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes could make it harder to push legalization through the legislature this year. Committees in both the House and Senate were debating competing legislation Friday. A Senate panel stripped the option of smoking marijuana as medication from its bill on Thursday. But the House version is even more limited in how the drug may be accessed.

05/02/2014

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House Leaders Offer Marijuana Compromise

Democratic House leaders say they have a new compromise proposal on medical marijuana that is unopposed by law enforcement. Their proposal would create a limited clinical trial for children and adults suffering from severe illnesses.

05/01/2014

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