When it comes to marijuana use, which state you're in can make a big difference. Minnesota has joined half of the country in allowing marijuana for medical use, while North Dakota continues to have some of the strictest marijuana laws in the country.
The fact that Minnesota has an opioid death epidemic is indisputable. In 2008, there were so few deaths of this nature that the CDC did not bother to count them individually. However, in 2014, over one hundred people in Minnesota, alone, died as a result of an opioid overdose. Fatalities occur all around the state, but the highest number of deaths happen in rural areas where medical treatment is difficult to reach.
Federal prosecutors revealed indictments against three young men in February. They say the three and others conspired to possess and distribute drugs in relation to a total of five overdoses that caused serious bodily injury and death.
A North Dakota man was taken into police custody on July 12 after he was accused of causing a disturbance at the hotel where he had been staying. According to the report, the 22-year-old man was accused of running through the hallways in his underwear while screaming at 3:39 a.m.
North Dakota fans of Robert Downey Jr. may be dismayed by his son's recent encounter with the law in West Hollywood. The car in which the 20-year-old was riding was pulled over on June 29, resulting in his being taken into custody. Two additional occupants were in the vehicle. However, they were not detained. The actor's son is facing drug possession charges for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police believed the controlled substance to be cocaine.