Marijuana Advocates Take The Spotlight At Minnesota Capitol

“We didn’t see the medical marijuana folks having a lot of luck,” said Nathan Ness, an organizing director for the group. Nationally, NORML lobbies across the country for the legalization of marijuana.

MINNESOTA: Recreational marijuana advocates say that medical marijuana proponents have had a shot at legalization. Now it’s their turn. Backers of recreational legalization say they support the medical marijuana bill and tried to let its backers have the spotlight but grew frustrated at the lack of movement. Minnesota NORML is taking its own push more Read the full article…

Push For Medical Marijuana Bill Renewed At Minnesota Capitol

Parents of children suffering epileptic seizures say cannabis reduces their frequency and intensity, but Minnesota’s Health Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger said the medical benefits are unproven.

MINNESOTA: Supporters of medical marijuana plan to continue their push for its legalization at the State Capitol on Tuesday. The group, Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, says they now have 100 Minnesota doctors, pastors and clergy members who support legal access to medical marijuana. Their push arrives as a Minnesota Senate Committee is expected to take up Read the full article…

KSTP/SurveyUSA: Minnesotans Favor Medical Marijuana

The poll shows 68 percent of Minnesotans surveyed think marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes only. Only 24 percent said it should not be legalized.

MINNESOTA: A big majority of Minnesotans favor legalizing medical marijuana, according to a new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll. The poll shows 68 percent of Minnesotans surveyed think marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes only. Only 24 percent said it should not be legalized. GOP Senator Dave Thompson, who is also running for governor, is so far still Read the full article…

Colorado Marijuana Tax Revenues Total $3.2 Million In February

Up to four people were reportedly handcuffed by police all of them “out-of-towers,” who may themselves have been undercover police according to some eyewitnesses on the scene. Patrons reported noticing a couple of “older gentlemen” scoping out the club earlier in the evening with cameras.

COLORADO: Tax revenues from Colorado’s sales of medical and recreational marijuana in February increased from the previous month, according to figures released Wednesday by the state. Colorado collected $3.2 million in February, below the state’s projection of $3.7 million but slightly above above the $2.9 million it gathered in January. In February, Colorado collected $1.43 million Read the full article…

Minnesota Gov. Dayton Denies Telling Mother To Buy Illicit Marijuana

The accusation was made Wednesday by a Woodbury mother who has been advocating for legalizing medical marijuana. She was among a small group of supporters who met in early March with the governor.

MINNESOTA:  Gov. Mark Dayton has denied a suggestion that he told the mother of a sick child to buy marijuana from the street because it is not a legal medicine in Minnesota. The accusation was made Wednesday by a Woodbury mother who has been advocating for legalizing medical marijuana. She was among a small group Read the full article…

Minnesota Parents Go After Dayton For His Stance On Medical Marijuana

A Woodbury parent said the governor should “put special needs ahead of special interests.”

MINNESOTA:  Parents of suffering children used an emotional Wednesday news conference to blame Gov. Mark Dayton for killing a bill that would allow them to use marijuana to ease children’s seizures. A Woodbury parent said the governor should “put special needs ahead of special interests.” “Minnesotans with debilitating medical conditions and their families should not Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Supporters Consider New Approach In Minnesota

Rep. Patti Fritz (DFL-Faribault) recently declared that she would vote legislation to legalize medical marijuana down if it came up, although she and other local legislators noted that a bill was unlikely in this short session.

MINNESOTA:  Legalization of medical marijuana has resurfaced in Minnesota, but supporters are considering a new approach for the 2014 session and the potential changes are winning the backing of some law enforcement groups. Legislation to decriminalize medical marijuana passed the Senate and the House in 2009, but was vetoed by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Rep. Patti Read the full article…

Minnesota Gov. Dayton Opposes Legalizing Marijuana

Dayton has said he would sign a bill legalizing medical marijuana only if opponents in the law enforcement community support to it.

MINNESOTA:  Although President Obama suggested last weekend that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol, Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he still opposes legalizing pot for medical purposes in Minnesota. “Alcohol is plenty dangerous… Why would we want to add another drug to the equation?” he asked during a Capitol briefing with reporters. Dayton has said Read the full article…

Tevlin: Legalizing Pot Is This Former Businessman's Passion

The incident motivated Quast to help start the Minnesota chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML), of which he is now executive director.

MINNESOTA: Randy Quast built a hugely successful trucking company, then sold it and retired at age 37. He didn’t become a political activist until police knocked in his door and arrested him. Quast had smoked marijuana “very discreetly” for years to control anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. “I would never have had the business success I Read the full article…

Minnesota Governor Dayton Would Sign Marijuana Bill If Law Enforcement Concurs

Minnesota Governor said he would sign a bill legalizing marijuana for medical purposes if sheriffs, prosecutors and police get behind it.

MINNESOTA:  In an interview with the Associated Press Friday, Gov. Mark Dayton said he is urging supporters of medical marijuana to work with law enforcement to find common ground. He said he would sign a bill legalizing marijuana for medical purposes if sheriffs, prosecutors and police get behind it. He also said if the law is Read the full article…