The United States is the largest importer of industrial hemp. Why? Because it serves countless uses and our farmers are banned from growing it themselves. Why? Because the plant is related to marijuana and lawmakers are still hung up on some sort of reefer-madness scare. But lawmakers in Minnesota may be among the latest to begin a shift in opinions. [Read more…]
The drug crime lab in St. Paul suspended drug testing in July when it was discovered employees weren’t following any written procedures and may have been using machines tainted with cocaine. Since then, many cases have been reviewed in an effort to substantiate results from the troubled lab. Now, officials say they’ve found one case in particular where the results were flawed. [Read more…]
If they ever do a CSI: Minnesota, they probably shouldn’t consult with the St. Paul Crime Lab. Following some alarming admissions by St. Paul police crime lab workers, the lab has stopped accepting some drug tests and officials say the lab will be undergoing some major changes after a full review.
Congress recently repealed a mandatory minimum sentence for possession of crack cocaine—a sentence that was completely unfair and even, perhaps, racially skewed to favor more affluent powdered cocaine users rather than the largely African American crack-cocaine defendants. And it all began when a local judge ruled the sentence was unfair and biased. [Read more…]
With Meth Labs on the decline here in Minnesota, it would be nice if meth use would dwindle along with it. However, that isn’t the case. Instead, methamphetamines from Mexico are arriving daily to the Twin City area, according to the Star Tribune. [Read more…]
The Minnesota Supreme Court determined that small amount of meth in bong water make the entire volume into a drug “mixture”. With the water as part of the drug “weight”, that can turn 25 grams, or just over an ounce (equal to 5 tablespoons of water) of water with trace amount of meth into a first degree felony drug possession charge, with penalties of up to 30 years in prison. [Read more…]