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POSTED May 9, 2012 8:39 p.m.

BACHMANN BECOMES A CITIZEN OF SWITZERLAND: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been granted citizenship in Switzerland.

Bachmann's spokeswoman Becky Rogness says the congresswoman has been eligible for dual citizenship since she married her husband of Swiss descent in 1978. Rogness tells Minnesota Public Radio that some of the couple's children wanted to exercise their eligibility for dual citizenship, so they went through the process as a family.

Bachmann represents Minnesota's 6th Congressional District and plans to seek re-election following her unsuccessful run for the Republican presidential nomination.

AT ORE. MEDICAL POT RESTAURANT IT'S BRING YOUR OWN: GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The dream of a place where medical marijuana cardholders could eat a bowl of Mongolian barbecue laced with pot and smoke a bowl of hashish while waiting for their food has crumbled under the weight of a rare city ordinance.

The owners of the Earth Dragon Edibles Restaurant & Lounge in Ashland said Wednesday that they have secured a business license from the city of Ashland by getting rid of their free hash bar and switching to a bring-your-own weed format.

Co-owner Michael Shea said it is a disappointment to no longer be able to hand out free marijuana to patients, but "We're glad the city was friendly, and we were able to make their adjustments to be able to keep going and serving cardholders."

Shea, a former teacher at his wife's private kindergarten, and co-owner Kevin Wallace, a former carpenter on disability, had thought that if they gave away the pot ingredient, the restaurant would be legal under Oregon's medical marijuana law. But they were thwarted by a city ordinance that denies business licenses to anyone violating state or federal law. Portland, where cannabis cafes have proliferated, does not have the same restriction.

 

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