Vladimir Brik, Alleged Synthetic Weed Dealer, Has History of Going Medieval

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Vladimir Brik of Duluth is one of men charged in a drug conspiracy.

Vladimir Vladimirovic Brik, 25, is a much better criminal than football player.

Last season, the wide receiver for the Great Lakes Wolfpack, a semi-pro team playing in the Northern States Football League, pulled down five passes in three games. Although he averaged an impressive 19 yards per catch, it's the Duluth resident's criminal stat line that really shows a young man who plays with passion.

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Rastafarian Doctor or Drug Dealer? David Patterson Guilty of Marijuana Possession

Categories: Crime, Marijuana

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Patterson's Rastafarian religion and medicinal claims didn't fly in court

David Paul Patterson didn't dispute that he was selling marijuana and cannabis oil when police raided his off-the-grid cabin in Walker a year ago.

Rather, he claims that he should be left alone because he was using the more than seven pounds of weed cops seized to heal people, and it's his right as a Rastafarian to do so.

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Minnesota Is Surprised By Who's Interested in Using Medicinal Marijuana

Categories: Marijuana

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Survey shows 69 percent of Minnesotans who hope to use medicinal cannabis plan to treat muscle spasms or seizures

After decades of grassroots advocacy, medical marijuana will finally be legal in Minnesota on July 1.

Rolling out new government health programs hasn't gone very well recently (*cough* MNsure), so the state Department of Health spent two weeks this winter trying to round up feedback to get a handle on who's interested.

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Medical Marijuana Patients Caught in Interstate Hissy Fits Over Legalization

Categories: Marijuana

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Even messier than gay marriage, the wild inconsistencies of marijuana policies across the nation are really too chaotic for anyone to keep up with. In the span of a week, the federal government came out in support of medical marijuana, and two states neighboring Colorado sued the weed mecca over its lax laws.

Congress's shift on medical marijuana policy came rolled up in a massive spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday. For the first time, the federal government is giving individual states the option to decide whether weed has any medicinal value.

At the same time, Nebraska and Oklahoma are trying to have their own say in whether Colorado gets to have medical and recreational marijuana. They've asked the Supreme Court to renege on Colorado's full legalization in a well-if-we-won't-give-our-people-nice-things-you-can't-have-them-either lawsuit, citing difficulties prosecuting marijuana possession spillage at the border.

Caught in the middle of the shitstorm are parents trying to treat their kids' chronic pain and patients stopped on the road between states.

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Minnesota's Medical Marijuana Industry Launches New Pot Labs

Wikimedia, family photo courtesy of Jessica Hauser
Wyatt Hauser, 2, suffers from constant severe seizures. His parents plan to enroll him in Minnesota's medical marijuana program once dispensaries open in July.

The idea is to put pot in the pocket of every Minnesotan who is in pain. If all goes according to plan, the nation's 22nd state to legalize medical marijuana will start distributing cannabis pills and liquids to thousands of patients by mid-summer.

On Monday the state Department of Health charged two labs located in Cottage Grove and Otsego with producing Minnesota's entire supply of medical marijuana products. LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions are responsible for opening four distribution centers each by July 1. For a hookup, individuals need only a doctor's recommendation to register with the state's medical marijuana program.

It's an exciting time for local medical weed refugees, Minnesotan families who formerly had to travel out of state in search of humanitarian cannabis treatments. It's also a good sign -- let's face it -- for the unapologetic 420 libertarians looking to get high, but the win this round is chiefly for the cancer survivors, the AIDS patients, and the kids suffering from constant seizures.

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Sen. Branden Petersen Helps Draw Attention to Minnesota's Contradictory Cannabis Laws

State Sen. Branden Petersen, left, and Kurtis Hanna
Next month, activist Kurtis Hanna will speak to the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy about removing cannabis from its list of Schedule 1 narcotics.

His argument is simple: State law says cannabis has "no currently accepted medical use in the United States," but that's not true. Not only did Minnesota just approve a medical cannabis program, but more than half the United States now allows cannabis or some kind of CBD-rich oil for treatment.

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Cannabis Supporters Take One Final Shot at Mark Dayton

Pat McClellan wants to see more medical cannabis

As the television camera lights shine on Pat McLellan's face, he holds up a set of four sheets of paper, each a signed pledge from a gubernatorial candidate saying that they support expanding Minnesota's medical cannabis laws.

He takes a breath, then spreads the papers out across the podium in front of him. They're all here, he says. GOP candidate Jeff Johnson. The Independence Party's Hannah Nicollet. Libertarian Chris Holbrook and Grassroots Party candidate Chris Wright. But one's missing: incumbent Mark Dayton.

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Duluth Considers Six-Month Moratorium on Medical Cannabis Manufacturers

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By next year, there may be as many as a thousand medical cannabis patients in northern Minnesota, though it's seeming less and less likely that any of them will pick up their supplies in Duluth.

Earlier this month, the city's planning committee proposed a six-month moratorium on cannabis manufacturers or distributors, giving city officials time to consider how a facility would affect the homestead.

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Marijuana Policy Project PAC Throws Gov. Dayton Under Bus

-- Update at bottom with comment from Rep. Branden Petersen --

In a press release sent our way by an MNGOP-affiliated source, the D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project PAC pledges to make a maximum financial contribution of $4,000 to Jeff Johnson's gubernatorial campaign.

But lest you think the nation's largest marijuana policy organization is some sort of surprisingly right-leaning group, the release also notes that the PAC plans to give a matching contribution to the Senate DFL PAC. Take that, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton!

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Kurtis Hanna Petitions Minnesota Board of Pharmacy Over Contradictory Cannabis Laws

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Kurtis Hanna, a cannabis activist, was featured in our January 29, 2014, cover story
Last time we checked, cannabis was still a Schedule I narcotic in Minnesota. Why? Because, according to the statute, it has, like heroin, "A high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision."

At least the last of those two is false. Minnesota is in the midst of establishing a medical cannabis program and 21 other states, plus D.C., have their own on the books. Other states, like Utah, allow for the use of CBD-rich oil to treat certain ailments.

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