Recreational marijuana bill to have first MN House hearing, but Senate could be more problematic

Published On: January 9th, 20230.6 min readCategories: Covid-19, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News

Democrats’ revived bill to legalize recreational marijuana has its first hearing in the Minnesota House mid-week (Wed a-m).  But the bigger question might be what happens in the Senate, where last session’s Republican majority staunchly refused to move it forward and *this* session’s Democratic majority holds a scant one-vote margin.  Bill co-sponsor, Burnsville Senator Lindsey Port:

“Our caucus has some learning to do for sure.  We haven’t gone through the process the same way the House has, which allowed their members to learn and hear about it — but that just means we have more work to do as lead authors.”

Governor Tim Walz supports legalizing recreational cannabis but it still faces significant opposition from those who warn it will jeopardize traffic safety, Minnesota’s workplaces and community health.

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