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Continued: Tevlin: Legalizing pot is this former businessman's passion

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 11, 2014 - 9:19 PM

The latest data shows more than 12,000 pot-related arrests in Minnesota per year, accounting for 68 percent of all narcotics arrests, Quast said. Blacks are much more likely to get arrested for marijuana use. In fact, Hennepin County leads the nation in discriminatory targeting, with blacks accounting for nine times the number of arrests as whites, he said.

“All that for a substance that is safer than cigarettes or alcohol,” Quast said.

Quast has been to Colorado since pot was legalized. “It was wonderful,” he said. “It is so nice when it is not considered contraband.”

Legalization will eventually happen in Minnesota, Quast believes. As with gay marriage, young adults are less concerned with pot use than older Minnesotans by a large margin.

“With our heritage of agriculture and medical innovation, you’d think we’d jump on this,” said Quast. “To say marijuana doesn’t have medical properties is laughable.”

The former businessman intends to see that those who need pot, and eventually those who just want it, will someday see it legalized.

“This is my passion in life,” he said.

jtevlin@startribune.com • 612-673-1702 Follow Jon on Twitter: @jontevlin

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