Marijuana Policy Project PAC Throws Gov. Dayton Under Bus

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-- 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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E. Katie Holm
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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David Paul Patterson Says He Was Arrested for Saving Lives With Marijuana



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David Paul Patterson Says He Was Arrested for Saving Lives With Marijuana

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David Patterson says he used cannabis oils to save lives

When David Paul Patterson arrives in Hubbard County District Court in Park Rapids, Minnesota, he dresses up. Not in a suit and tie, but in baggy shorts falling below his knees and a forest-green shirt with a giant marijuana leaf splayed across the front. His "court uniform," Patterson calls it.

It's a bold strategy, especially for a man facing trial for drug sale and possession. But the way Patterson sees it, there's nothing to hide. He openly admits to having pounds of marijuana in his remote house in the woods of Walker, Minnesota. But he says he's using it to save people's lives. That goes beyond the law.

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Angela Brown Charged For Giving Medical Marijuana To Her Son


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Richard Stulz, County Attorney Going After Medical Cannabis Mom, Is Running Unopposed

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Marijuana Growers Headquarters
Do you think Richard Stulz, Lac Qui Parle County attorney, is doing a good job spending taxpayer dollars by going after Angela Brown, the mother who gave her son medical cannabis to treat a brain injury?

Apparently, other attorneys in Lac Qui Parle County are apathetic about that question, as according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's website, Stulz is running for reelection without opposition this year.

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Angela Brown, Medical Cannabis Mom, Due in Court Today; Charges Haven't Been Dropped

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Angela Brown and her son, Trey.
:::: UPDATE :::: Richard Stulz, County Attorney Going After Medical Cannabis Mom, is Running Unopposed

Last month, we told you about Angela Brown, the Madison, Minnesota resident who was charged with two gross misdemeanors for giving cannabis extracts to her teenage son, Trey, to treat a traumatic brain injury he suffered in 2011.

Brown's story generated quite a stir, mostly among people who couldn't begin to understand why the Lac Qui Parle county attorney, Richard Stulz, thought it was a good idea to press charges in this case. But the controversy apparently didn't deter Stulz, as this morning Brown is due in court in Montevideo, where she plans to enter a "not guilty" plea.

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Legal Marijuana Could Bring in $46 Million Annually for Minnesota, Study Says

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This stuff is green in more ways than one.
Marijuana sales would bring in roughly $45,950,063 in tax revenue annually for the state of Minnesota if pot were legalized, according to a study put together by NerdWallet.

NerdWallet's methodology is rather impressive. Researcher Divya Raghavan used data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to estimate how many people over the age of 25 smoke pot in each state, then used that number to divvy up the $14 billion nationwide marijuana market and determine how much stoners are likely to spend in each one. The total tax dollar figure for each state assumes a 15 percent excise tax for marijuana purchases, which is the going rate currently in Colorado.

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State of Minnesota now hiring the best marijuana growers

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Imagine reading this headline a couple years ago!
Through early October, the state is accepting applications from entities interested in becoming one of Minnesota's two official medical marijuana growers.

Via a spokesperson, family members from one prominent Twin Cities business, Bachman's Floral Gift & Garden Centers, told the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal they'll throw their hats in the proverbial ring, though the spokesperson said the Bachman's Floral business itself won't be involved.

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2014 State Fair poll: slight majority of Minnesotans oppose pot legalization

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Coleen Danger
The results of this year's State Fair poll were released Tuesday, showing that Minnesotans favor same-day voter registration and an increase in the gas tax for road and bridge construction.

But a slight majority also opposes the idea of legalizing cannabis for recreational use, thereby extending access beyond the medical program established last spring.

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Dennis Carter, MSU-Mankato football star, allegedly shot man over marijuana debt

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Dennis Carter, a standout wide receiver for MSU-Mankato, faces an attempted murder charge for allegedly shooting a longtime acquaintance in the head over a marijuana debt.

The incident occurred shortly before midnight on August 20 along a dirt road near the Renaissance Festival campgrounds in Scott County. The victim, later identified as 28-year-old Diaa Ahmed Abdelhakim, says Carter shot him execution-style and only failed to kill him because his gun jammed. Carter, on the other hand, told investigators he accidentally shot Abdelhakim after wrestling his gun away from him during a struggle.

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Prosecutor isn't talking about why he decided to charge medical marijuana mom Angela Brown

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One person's medicine is law enforcement's drug -- at least until next year, when Minnesota's medical marijuana program is rolled out.
:::: UPDATE :::: Angela Brown, Medical Cannabis Mom, Due in Court Today; Charges Haven't Been Dropped

On Wednesday and Thursday, we called Richard Stulz, Lac Qui Parle county attorney, in hopes of speaking with him about why he decided to press charges against Angela Brown, the Madison, Minnesota woman who gave her ailing teenage son medical marijuana oil to (effectively) treat symptoms stemming from a traumatic brain injury.

But Stulz, unfortunately, isn't in the mood to talk about it. Our calls weren't returned, and that appears to be the case for other reporters who have reached out to him as well.

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