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Making sense of Minnesota's marijuana laws

Minnesota legalized medical marijuana in 2014. In February 2017, bills to legalize recreational use of the drug started making their way through the Minnesota Legislature. The state has also decriminalized certain instances of possession. With changing attitudes and laws regarding marijuana, it can be difficult to understand exactly what the law says.

If you have questions about laws and punishments about marijuana in Minnesota, you are not alone. Continue reading for a quick guide regarding the criminality of marijuana in this state.

Discussing spousal maintenance

Spousal maintenance (sometimes called alimony or spousal support) is an integral part to the post-divorce life of many Minnesota residents. This form of financial support is determined by a judge, who will look at a bevy of factors involved in the spouses' relationship, including the financial potential of the spouses, the health of the spouses, the length of the marriage, the property and assets involved, and many other factors.

But there are also different types of spousal maintenance. While it is possible to be awarded "permanent" spousal maintenance, which sees one of the spouses pay the other spouse indefinitely after a divorce, "temporary divorce" can also be awarded. This is where a court outlines a set period of time that one spouse will have to pay the other after a divorce.

The scope of domestic violence issues might surprise you

When you hear about cases of alleged domestic violence, the first thing that likely comes into your mind is an image of a man beating up a woman. The truth of the matter is that in Minnesota and everywhere else, domestic violence is not limited to that scenario.

Domestic violence concerns can exist at many levels – adult-to-adult, adult-to-child, sibling-to-sibling – the key elements that legally define instances of domestic violence are two-fold. First, they involve individuals in a close relationship. Second, victims making such a claim have to show a pattern of abusive behavior on the part of the perpetrator. In some cases, it might be necessary to show that the abuser's behavior was intended to exercise control over the victim.

3 facts you should know about assault

Hear the word "assault," and what do you picture? Perhaps a fight comes to mind -- two guys trading blows. Or perhaps your mental picture is a hulking figure beating up on a helpless victim. 

These scenarios can describe assault (and battery), to be sure, but assault is a broad term. Here are some important facts about assault.

Social media has become a handy tool for law enforcement

In Minnesota, as in other states, law enforcement officers use social media on a daily basis. In days gone by, the police would put up wanted posters when they were looking for the bad guys. Police radios and patrol cars were major tools for tracking down criminals. While traditional crime-fighting tools and methods still have their place, social media has become the go-to resource for purposes of investigation, often with surprising results.

The deadly effect of alcohol on the teenage brain

While you may think that drinking when you are a teen is just a way of enjoying life and getting the wild child out before you have many responsibilities, the exact opposite may be true. Alcohol has different effects on the teenage brain than it does on the adult brain, and the end results can be devastating. There are more alcohol related deaths in teenagers than any other drugs, and alcohol is often a factor in the top three causes of death for those aged 15-24: suicide, homicide and accident. Teenagers who drink alcohol are also more likely to use other illegal, harmful drugs.

What is auto-brewery syndrome?

While most people know what steps they need to take to avoid drunk driving, some may find that it is impossible, no matter how little they drink. It might sound like science fiction, but scientists are beginning to find that some people have a condition that creates an internal brewery in the gut. Drivers with auto-brewery syndrome have been cited for DUIs even when they have not drunk any alcohol.

5 factors that can influence the results of a breath test

Breath tests are the most common piece of evidence submitted in DUI cases, but there are many factors that can actually make them unreliable and insufficient evidence. In some cases, law enforcement officials have even acknowledged the invalidity of breath test results while still using and submitting them as evidence. If you face DUI charges on the basis of a breath test, these five factors may be relevant.

Certain conditions can affect field sobriety tests

While it can be stressful for anyone to end up on the side of the road facing a field sobriety test, there are certain drivers who are at a higher risk for failing than others. Researchers have discovered that some internal and external conditions can increase the likelihood of a false positive, making it trickier to tell whether a driver is actually drunk. If any of the following apply to you, be aware that you may be more likely to fail a sobriety test.

3 things to know about Minnesota open bottle law

We're all familiar with prohibitions against drinking and driving. But what about drinking and riding? If you've ever been stuck behind a pedal pub or party bus, you know there must be some situations where you can drink while riding in a moving vehicle.

With Minnesota's strict liquor laws, it's important to know where the state draws the line. Here are three important things to know about Minnesota's open bottle law.