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Frey says legalize it. KMSP’s Maury Glover reports: “New research suggests opioid use is lower in states that have eased marijuana laws, and on Tuesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he’s ready to make it legal if it means that marijuana could potentially save lives. … Responding to a study showing that people in states with looser marijuana laws use fewer opioids, Mayor Frey tweeted his support for legalizing recreational marijuana, saying ‘it’s a criminal and racial justice issue. It is an economic issue, and as researchers are demonstrating, it is an opioid issue that could save lives.’ ”
Body cam policy update. The Star Tribune’s Libor Jany reports: “Under the latest overhaul of the Minneapolis Police Department’s body camera policy, officers will be required to activate their recording devices well before arriving on the scene of an emergency, officials announced on Wednesday. … Officers will now have to switch on their cameras at least two blocks away from the ‘service location,’ according to the new rules, unveiled at a joint news conference Wednesday morning with police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey. If dispatched to a location less than two blocks away, officers must activate their cameras immediately.”
A complicated case. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo writes: “A Dayton’s Bluff drop-in day center for homeless and low-income residents is suing the city of St. Paul in hopes of overturning a series of restrictions on its hours and capacity. … Attorneys for Maria Avenue-based Listening House — the ‘Living Room of the Homeless’ — filed a lawsuit on Monday asking the Ramsey County District Court to force the city to lift 14 restrictions imposed by the St.