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Fargo police warn of absconded sex offender

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Ethan James Bendickson.
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FARGO — The Fargo Police Department is informing the public that the location of a high-risk sex offender is unknown.

Ethan James Bendickson is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound Native American with brown eyes and black hair.

Bendickson, 36, was convicted in U.S. Federal Court of abusive sexual contact of a minor in October 2016. The female victim was under age 15 and was known to him. He is a lifetime registrant.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest in Cass County, Fargo police said. Anyone who locates Bendickson is asked not to approach him and to call 911 with details of his location, direction of travel, clothing and anyone who is with him.

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On May 18, Fargo police said Bendickson was living at Centre Inc., 123 15th St. N.

Cannabis edibles containing psychoactive THC legal in Minnesota Friday

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ST. PAUL — Edible cannabis products containing the ingredient that gets users high will be legal in Minnesota when a new law goes into effect Friday, July 1.

Under the new law, products containing no more than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive part of cannabis, can be sold to people 21 and older. Individual servings may not contain more than 5 milligrams of THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, and a single package may not contain more than 50. Products must be derived from "certified hemp" under state law.

In California, where recreational cannabis is legal, edible products are capped at 10 milligrams per serving and 100 per package. The California Department of Cannabis Control recommends first-time users of edibles take doses of 5 milligrams or less. Other states have similar restrictions. Full story here.

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