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Less Than One-Quarter Gram Possession Gross Misdemeanor Crime < Minnesota Laws 2016

The 2016 Minnesota Legislature made some changes to Minnesota “Controlled Substance” crime laws, effective August 1, 2016. One of those created a new Gross Misdemeanor level crime for certain “controlled substance” possession crimes, for less than 0.25 grams or one dosage unit or less – but only for a person “who has not been previously convicted of a violation of this chapter or a similar offense in another jurisdiction; and only for possession of “controlled substances” other than heroin.

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Self-defense: Dominance, Escalation and Deception

Some physical attacks are part of a robbery, a rape, a riot, or planned. Putting those to one side for now, let’s look at the other sort – attacks that spontaneously rise from anger, conflict or a sense of having been treated disrespectfully by someone. What are some strategies and tactics that can be used to both good practical and legal effect?

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Self-defense and The Other

The reality is that when people in our culture see two people fighting they’ll generally view them both as The Other, with suspicion. Similarly, when people hear about or think about people fighting they will tend to presume that the people are both guilty of something wrong. This – despite their personal experience that many altercations involve an aggressor attacking or creating a fight with an unwilling, eventual participant, forced to defend herself.