Ryan Faircloth / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL - A group fighting the legalization of recreational marijuana in Minnesota took their arguments to the State Capitol on Wednesday and were met by hecklers who support the drug. Smart Approaches to Marijuana, Minnesota, an anti-legalization group, invited community members and law enforcement officials to speak Jan. 16 to the risks of marijuana at a Capitol press conference. At least a dozen pro-pot activists interrupted the speakers with their own views on the issue.
ST. PAUL — The University of Minnesota is seeking an $87 million bump in state funding over the next two years, and even that won’t keep students from having to pay more for tuition. University President Eric Kaler made a case for the increase in funding at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 9, touting the university’s economic impact and bringing in students and faculty to speak to the work they do in the state.
ST. PAUL -- Emboldened by solid gains on election night, Minnesota Democrats plan to push hard for stricter gun laws at the Capitol this year. Expanding criminal background checks for sales and creating “red flag” protective orders will be near the top of their agenda when they take control of the House on Jan. 8. Democratic Gov.-elect Tim Walz, a gun owner once backed by the National Rifle Association also supports the proposals. A Republican-led Senate, though, could stand in the way.
ST. PAUL -- Going green could take on a new meaning in Minnesota if incoming Gov. Tim Walz has something to say about it. As more states legalize marijuana, Walz says it’s time for Minnesota to follow suit. He’s argued that legalizing pot could bring in a new source of tax revenue if regulated properly, and it could reduce the number of people locked up for drug offenses.