Minnesota Marijuana News

Some truly embarrassing shit has somehow attached itself to weed over the years, and it’s gotta stop. In an effort to do our part in purging the lame things that have come to be associated with weed, the Noisey staff has put together a list of what we’d like to see end immediately. We’re not saying these things are all inherently bad, per se. What we’re saying is that we’d like to separate them from weed culture forever. So, please, let’s allow the following weed clichés die a swift and painful death…

Saying “Oh Man, I Got the Munchies!”

Smoking Out of Apples

Talking About the Surveillance State

Seth Rogen Movies

Pink Floyd

White People with Dreads

Looking at the Sky and Saying Something “Deep”

Talking with a Fake Stoned Voice

Being “Stoked”

Tech Bros Trying to Optimize Weed Smoking

Tech Bros Engaging with Weed Culture at All, Actually

Walking Around Barefoot

Being Named Josh

Tie Dye

Talking About Your Interpretation of God

Jimi Hendrix

Bongs That Are Too Big

Bongs That Are Too Small

Bongs That Are Shaped Like Dicks

Being from Minneapolis


Forgetting Bob Marley Was a Musician

James Franco

Being Alive in the 1960s

White Women with Henna Tattoos

Talking About Your Chakra

Reading Noisey

Calling It “The Devil’s Lettuce”

Calling It “Bud”

Calling It “Flowers”

Calling It “Cannabis” (What Are You, a Scientist?)

Wall Tapestries

Driving Real Slow to Taco Bell

Being a Weed Health Nut

Hanging Beads from Your Rear-View Mirror


Dragon’s Blood Incense

Not Shutting the Fuck Up About How It Comes from the Earth

Baja Hoodies, or Actually, Any Hoodie That Doesn’t Have Sleeves

Artisanal Blunts with, Like, Lavender and Shit in Them

18-Year-Olds Telling You Why Smoking Weed Won’t Give You Cancer

Watching Weediquette, Season 4 Coming

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Santiago Guerra, Colorado College

(THE CONVERSATION) On 4/20, many across the U.S. gather to celebrate their love and appreciation for marijuana.

Polls show that 64 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. But, despite the majority support, there’s no clear consensus on how it should be regulated. As a researcher who has studied the impact of drugs in the U.S. and Mexico, it’s been captivating to watch states adapt as they attempt to regulate this illicit and stigmatized substance.

Many states permit medical marijuana, but there’s a wide variety of approaches. Today, 29 states currently permit medical marijuana and have an established system for regulating it.

Another 17 states have limited medical programs. These programs provide access to products with low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and high levels of cannabidiol (CBD), with the goal of eliminating the “high” and maximizing medical benefits. Beyond that, the conditions doctors and patients can treat with cannabis vary from state to state.

Minnesota, New York and West Virginia don’t permit marijuana smoking as part of their medical programs. West Virginia, however, allows patients to vaporize marijuana plant matter, while Minnesota only permits consumption of marijuana in liquid extract form.

Colorado, where I am based, has a much more expansive medical program. Patients can access an array of products, from extracts to strains of raw plant material. While New York caps the amount of THC that a product dose may contain, Colorado and other states have no such limit on their medical marijuana products.

Meanwhile, recreational marijuana use has been approved for adults 21 and over by nine states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia.

However, once again, states

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That’s the numerical code for marijuana’s high holiday, a celebration and homage to pot’s enduring and universal slang for smoking.

Festivities are planned worldwide, culminating with a synchronized smoke at 4:20 p.m. local time.

How the marijuana-loving world came to mark the occasion is believed traceable to five Northern California men now in their 60s with bad backs and graying hair. They are the unofficial grandmasters by virtue of the code they created nearly 50 years ago as students at a suburban San Francisco high school in 1971.

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Palos Hills

NO LICENSE: Kumail Alshahin, 21, of Bridgeview, was charged with driving without a valid driver’s license April 9 after he was stopped for talking on his phone while driving in the 10700 block of Roberts Road, police said.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Michael Perelka, 48, of Bridgeview was charged with disorderly conduct April 12 after he threatened violence at the Social Security Office,10718 Roberts Road, police said.

NO LICENSE: Orlando Croublet, 62, of Chicago, was charged with driving without a valid driver’s license April 13 after he was stopped at 111th Street and Southwest Highway, police said.

DUI CHARGE: Anthony Truhlar, 32, of Darien, was charged with drunken driving and driving with open alcohol in his car April 15 after a disturbance at Durbins in the 10100 block of Roberts Road, police said.

Palos Heights

DUI CHARGE: Alex Fiore, 46, of the 15700 block of Old Orchard Court, Orland Park, was charged with drunken driving, fleeing and eluding police and driving without insurance April 11 after he refused to stop when police attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation in the 6700 block of 127th Street, police said.

DRUG CHARGE: John Lopresti Jr., 19, of the 5200 block of 137th Street, Crestwood, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs April 12 after he was stopped for driving erratically in the 13200 block of Forest Ridge Drive, police said.

SUSPENDED LICENSE: Desiree Cruz, 28, of Chicago, was charged with driving on a suspended license after she was stopped for a traffic violation in the 6500 block of 127th Street, police said.

DUI CHARGE: John Cousineau, 38, of the 8800 block of Fairway, Orland Park, was charged with drunken driving April 15 after he was stopped for speeding in the 12300 block of Harlem Avenue, police said.

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^Tuesday’s games<

Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Updated at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 UTC)


^Accountant turned coach, Cory Patterson holds key to Illinois’ recruiting turnaround<

^FBC-ILLINOIS-RECRUITER-SPORTSPLUS:TB—<Wearing a suit and tie every weekday, Cory Patterson was on the path most expected from the finance major.

He worked on IRAs for major firms such as Bank of America and A.G. Edwards in St. Louis. Patterson, who grew up in a high-crime neighborhood in the city and was the first in his family to graduate from college, knew he had made it. Only one thing.

“It just wasn’t for me,” he said.

Patterson, 37, is now only four years removed from working in accounting, he is a Big Ten assistant football coach.

1200 by Shannon Ryan. MOVED

^McKayla Maroney calls on institutions to stop turning a blind eye toward abuse allegations<

GYM-MARONEY:NY — In her first public appearance since revealing six months ago she was sexually abused by doctor Larry Nassar, Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney said Tuesday she at times questioned whether her gymnastics career was worth the abuse and rebuked USA Gymnastics, Michigan State and the U.S. Olympic Committee for turning a blind eye.

500 by Justin Tasch in New York. MOVED


^David Haugh: Mother Nature must really hate baseball, America’s national frost time<

BBO-HAUGH-COLUMN:TB — April baseball constantly reinforces the risks involved in drawing conclusions based on small sample sizes, but we have seen enough snow and cold this month to know one thing for sure.

Chicago’s springtime weather stinks.


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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has indicated that medical marijuana should not be used to treat sleep apnea.

Last year, the Minnesota Department of Health announced that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) would be added to the state’s medical cannabis program list of medical conditions. However, the nation’s leading sleep medicine group — the AASM — strongly opposes that decision, and suggests that sleep apnea be completely removed from state medical cannabis programs’ lists due to unreliable marijuana delivery methods and “insufficient evidence of treatment effectiveness, tolerability and safety.”

“Until we have further evidence on the efficacy of medical cannabis for the treatment of sleep apnea, and until its safety profile is established, patients should discuss proven treatment options with a licensed medical provider at an accredited sleep facility,” said lead author Kannan Ramar, MD, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Furthermore, medical marijuana has been found to be associated with adverse effects, such as daytime sleepiness, which could cause “unintended consequences” such as car accidents.

Therefore, researchers are recommending that marijuana and synthetic medical cannabis be avoided until there is sufficient, credible evidence showing safety and efficacy.

Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty is founder and CEO of McCatty Scholars, an organization that devises and implements financial literacy programs for students to combat the nationwide issue of the loss of educational opportunity due to the ramifications of burdensome student debt. At MedShadow, she reports on new findings and research on the side effects of prescription drugs. She is a graduate of Pace University.

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A closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday.

British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals is seeking permission to sell its purified form of an ingredient found in cannabis — one that doesn’t get users high — as a medication for rare, hard-to-treat seizures in children. If successful, the company’s liquid formula would be the first government-approved drug derived from the cannabis plant in the U.S.

The Food and Drug Administration’s approval would technically limit the treatment to a small group of epilepsy patients. But doctors would have the option to prescribe it for other uses and it could spur new pharmaceutical research and interest into other cannabis-based products. Man-made versions of a different marijuana ingredient have previously been approved for other purposes.

The FDA posted its review of the experimental medication Epidiolex ahead of a public meeting Thursday when a panel of outside experts will vote on the medicine’s safety and effectiveness. It’s a non-binding recommendation that the FDA will consider in its final decision by late June.

Patients taking the treatment had fewer seizures, according to the FDA’s internal review posted online. Scientists concluded that GW Pharmaceutical’s submission “appears to support approval” despite some potential side effects including risks of liver injury.

More than two dozen states allow marijuana use for a variety of ailments, but the FDA has not approved it for any medical use. In 2016, the agency recommended against easing federal restrictions on marijuana. The U.S. continues to classify marijuana as a high-risk substance with no medical use, alongside other illicit drugs like heroin and LSD.

For years, desperate patients and parents have pushed for wider access to medical marijuana products for a host of conditions including

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By Sam Wood

The price of medical marijuana could fall dramatically for some patients by mid-summer. And the drug will soon be used to treat opioid withdrawal in Pennsylvania, which will become the second state after New Jersey to allow it for that purpose.

At a news conference in Harrisburg, Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said she had approved the sale of cannabis flower, the traditional smokable or vaporizable form of the plant.

“It’s another tool,” Levine said. “The whole idea of this program is to provide another tool in the toolbox of physicians to treat these conditions.”

Since the launch of the state medical marijuana program in February, dispensaries in Pennsylvania have sold only pricey marijuana oils and extracts. Flower, also known as leaf or bud, needs no processing and is less expensive to produce.

“For some patients, the cost of their medical marijuana could drop by 50 percent with the addition of flower,” said Chris Visco, owner of TerraVida Holistic Centers, a chain of dispensaries with shops in Sellersville and Abington. “It offers the lowest price per milligram of THC, the active ingredient.”

Marijuana producer Charlie Bachtell, CEO of Cresco Yeltrah, said being able to sell plant material will streamline a large part of his production. “We just have to weigh it and put it in a container,” he said. “There’s no manual labor turning it into something else, whether it’s filling a capsule or filling a vape pen. Every time someone touches it, it makes it more expensive.”

Though smoking cannabis is prohibited by Pennsylvania law, the difference between lighting up and vaporization is literally a matter of degrees. Vaporizing requires less intense heat and a specialized electronic device so that the marijuana doesn’t combust, but the method delivers the same psychoactive and physical effects as smoking.

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Pound Count

Yankton Animal Control has several pets looking for their owner. If you are missing your cat or dog, call dispatch at 605-668-5210. If you wish to adopt an animal, contact Heartland Humane Society at 605-664-4244.

Daily Record Policy

The Press & Dakotan publishes police and sheriff reports as a public service to its readers. It is important to remember that an arrest should not imply guilt and that every person is presumed innocent until proven otherwise. When juveniles are released from jail, it is into the care of a parent or guardian.

It is the policy of the Press & Dakotan to publish all names made available in the police and court reports. There are no exceptions.

• Kelly Clarkson, 49, Yankton, was arrested Friday on a parole hold.

• James Jacobs, 48, Yankton, was arrested Friday for driving with a revoked license.

• Joshua Hackney, 40, Yankton, was arrested Friday on a parole hold.

• Kelsey Ranum, 26, Yankton, was arrested Friday for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana (2 oz. or less).

• Justin Lillie, 24, Yankton, was arrested Friday for possession of marijuana (2 oz. or less) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Wyatt Johnson, 26, Yankton, was arrested Saturday for possession of marijuana (2 oz. or less).

• Candace Bigeagle, 39, Minneapolis, was arrested Saturday for driving under the influence.

• Joel Martinez, 39, Yankton, was arrested Saturday for driving with a revoked license and driving under the influence.

• Cody Milk, 29, Yankton, was arrested Sunday for grand theft, first-degree petty theft, possession of a forged instrument, identity theft (six counts) and forgery (six

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I have never met Jennessa Lea, but have been friends with her for a couple of years now. She is one of the most inspiring activists that I have seen. When we first became online friends, she was located in Minnesota, which is not an easy place to be a cannabis advocate. While living in Minnesota Jennessa overcame some really significant life hurdles, not the least of which was her diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

She is living proof that cannabis is medicine and has dedicated her life to demonstrating that cannabis can be part of an active, healthy lifestyle. I remember when she was moving to Colorado to live in a state that had better access to cannabis, and was ecstatic when she announced that she was opening Break the Stigma Fitness, a cannabis-friendly exercise facility.

Her creation was doing very well, being featured in a number of big media articles as well as on NowThis Weed. Unfortunately, Jennessa was recently served with a notice stating that she needed to close down. She has started a GoFundMe campaign that I encourage everyone to donate to if they are able. If you are not able to donate, please share the campaign far and wide. Below is more information about the effort, via its GoFundMe page:

In 2014, I was a single obese mother weighing in at 250lbs, taking over 20 prescribed pills a day. I was in prescribed bracing on my wrists, knees, fingers and ankles. I had received a loaner wheelchair, while they took measurements to build my very own. This was my existence.

I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. EDS is a connective tissue disease, that affects the collagen in your body. You can think of collagen like the glue that holds the body together, which  meant my body was extremely

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