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Thomas C. Gallagher Elected Chair of Minnesota NORML Board of Directors – Marijuana Legalization in Minnesota

On September 16, 2017 the Board of Directors of Minnesota NORML elected Thomas C. Gallagher to the position of Chair of the Board.  Gallagher is a Minneapolis Criminal Lawyer who twice campaigned for election as a Representative in the Minnesota House in District 61B (incumbent Paul Thissen) in 2014 and 2016.  He was the endorsed candidate of Republican Party of Minnesota in both election cycles.

Minnesota NORML is a non-partisan Minnesota Nonprofit with 501(c)(4) status,” Gallagher noted.  “Our goal is legal marijuana in Minnesota for responsible adult use.  Minnesotans should have equal rights to cannabis as to beer and wine.  This means age 21 and older, taxed and regulated the same as beer and wine, and legal small batch home production.”

Thomas C. Gallagher, Chair, Minnesota NORML

Home grow” Gallagher said, “is essential.  Ending marijuana prohibition is only incidentally about marijuana; it is really about personal freedom.  We want to empower the People, support Liberty for all.  With legal home grow, anyone can grow their own cannabis for medicinal or personal use with little money.  Freedom should not be limited to people with money.”

“Now that all major polling shows majority support for legalization of marijuana (and a super-majority for medical marijuana), why – in a democracy – is the will of the People not yet enacted into law?” Gallagher asks.

If our elected officials lack the political courage to enact the will of the People, then we say “Let the People Decide!”  Bills in the Minnesota legislature would place a constitutional amendment on the general election ballot to, finally, legalize marijuana for responsible adult use like beer and wine.  Even politicians unwilling to support legalization should be able to support democracy, the vote and “allowing” the People to decide.  We support these Bills.

“It’s not inevitable.  There are vested interests who now profit from the current Prohibition regime fighting hard to reverse the progress we’ve made, and to stop the return of Freedom to the People of Minnesota,” Gallagher warned.  “’How soon will it be legal?’ people ask me.  ‘How soon will you join us working hard to make it happen?’ is my smiling reply” says Gallagher.

For the City Pages article: New NORML chair is a Republican lawyer with tips on driving with marijuana.

Minnesota NORML holds monthly Members Meetings and other events and activities to help people connect and get involved.  For further information:
https://mnnorml.org/
https://www.facebook.com/mnNORML

#LetThePeopleDecide

A Rose is a Rose is a … Sale? Marijuana Cultivation Laws in Minnesota

Marijuana Growing Indoors: Minnesota marijuana cultivation laws

Marijuana Growing Indoors: Minnesota marijuana cultivation laws

Does the word “Cultivate” mean “Sell?”

No?   Well, the Minnesota legislature has decreed otherwise.  Minnesota’s marijuana cultivation laws contain nonsense.

Minnesota lawmakers, influenced by the state’s prosecutors, have taken a page from Humpty Dumpty in Alice Through the Lookinglass:

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, ” it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”

The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make a words mean so many different things.”

“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be the master – that’s all.”

Statutory nonsense verse

The legislature thinks it can define terms in any way they wish, regardless of common meaning.  Like Humpty Dumpty in Alice, sometimes they go too far.   The legislature gives words a statutory definition completely divorced from their common meaning.  And they’ve done it again – in Minnesota’s marijuana cultivation laws.

The limits on legislative power

Yet – their power does have limits.  We, the People, are complicit in unjust laws to the extent that we tolerate them.  We must hold the legislature accountable, when needs be.

The courts can strike down such nonsense as unconstitutional.  And we can ask the courts to do so.

And the People on the Jury have the power of Jury Nullification.  The jury can acquit anyone of criminal charges based on a law that that the Jury finds to be nonsense. 

Even one juror can veto the law.  One lone dissenter on the juror has the power to stop a “guilty” verdict.  Why?  Because a verdict in a criminal case must be unanimous.

The framers designed this jury power to be a check and balance on government power.   The jury’s power limits the power of the elites in the legislative, executive and judicial branches.

If the judge won’t dismiss a prosecution based on these nonsense marijuana cultivation laws, they jury still can.

Grow a tomato; money magically appears?

If you grow a tomato in your backyard, then eat it there off the vine; have you by doing so also “Sold” it?  Replace “tomato” with “marijuana.”  Same conclusion?

Minnesota Statutes §152.01, subd. 15a, defines “Sell” to include “to manufacture.”  Then, , their definition of “Manufacture” in Minnesota Statutes §152.01, subd. 7, means “cultivation” of “drugs.” 

Tricky, aren’t they?

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By redefining the common meaning of words, they’ve turned “growing marijuana” into a “sale,” where no sale took place.  No money.  No buyer.  That’s how low Minnesota’s marijuana cultivation laws go.

For more on marijuana cultivation laws take a look at our Minnesota marijuana grow defense page – by Thomas C Gallagher, Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer, and legalization activist.