Medical Pot Patients Aren't Excited to Pay More for Legal Weed

Categories: Marijuana

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Patrick McClellan
Patrick McClellan, who has muscular dystrophy, believes legal weed will costs hundreds of dollars more per month.

Minnesota's long-awaited medical marijuana program is poised to start serving the sick on July 1, but actual pot patients aren't that stoked. Many of those currently scouring the black market for medicine say they won't be able to afford going legal.

Folks who rely on weed to deal with pain buy their drugs on the street like everybody else: $20 for a gram of leaf and about $40-60 for a gram of cannabis oil. Also known as concentrate, oil is substantially stronger than leaf cannabis and more expensive due to the labor-intensive extracting process.

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Richard Martin Smoked Weed With His Infant Child, Police Say

Categories: Crime, Marijuana

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Ramsey County
Cops say Richard Martin told them he'd rather give his baby marijuana than Tylenol

On February 26 police raided Richard Martin's mom's house in east St. Paul and found a modest marijuana grow operation in the basement with the help of his 10-year-old daughter, according to charges filed by the Ramsey County Attorney.

Cops first found "dangerous chemicals" in the basement, so they began escorting Martin's 10-year-old daughter out of the house. While they were escorting her out, she asked them "Is this about the drugs in the basement?" and told them about her father growing seven marijuana plants down there.

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Canadians Caught Smuggling Weed Into Minnesota in Maple Syrup Cans

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Never change, Canada

On April 7 a couple of Canadians were entering Minnesota through the Pigeon River port in the very northeastern point of the state's border.

Being good, honest, polite Canadians, they admitted to Border Patrol they had a few joints on them. Unfortunately, that declaration led to a search of the car.

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Wisconsin Politician Introduces Bill That Would Legalize Marijuana

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Wisconsin state Rep. Melissa Sargent: "What is truly criminal is the money Wisconsin is losing by not legalizing it."

Wisconsin already grants its citizens way more freedom than Minnesota by allowing alcohol sales on Sundays, liquor samples at grocery stores (which just passed, by the way) and the sale of good fireworks.

Now state Rep. Melissa Sargent wants to legalize marijuana for recreational and medicinal use.

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Minnesota Marijuana Mom, Angela Brown, Attends Pot Movie Premiere Ahead of Trial

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Angela Brown updates the audience on her case after the premiere of Pot (the movie).

Pot (the movie), a documentary by South Dakota filmmaker Michael Hope, premiered at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Festival on Saturday. It's an encyclopedic take on all of marijuana's forms and uses, the research behind its effects and the history of prohibition.

It also features some real-life stories of weed refugees, including that of Minnesota's own Angela Brown, who was charged with child abuse last summer for treating her teenage son with cannabis oil after he sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2011. If convicted, Brown will face two years in prison and a $6,000 fine.

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Police Say Papa Dmitri's Pizza Was a Front for Weed-Selling Operation

Categories: Crime, Marijuana

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A crappy pizza parlor/drug laundering operation run by three generations of the same family

According to police, Papa Dmitri's Pizza was barely ever open, and employees could be heard complaining about the lack of heat when they ate at their usual spot in the Nook next door, which was weird given the presence of several large pizza ovens.

According to online reviewers (a trusted source if there ever was one), the pizza sucked too.

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

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Duluth Police
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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Hubbard County Sheriff
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

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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

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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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