Top Minnesota Lawmakers File Marijuana Legalization Bill For 2021

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Top Minnesota lawmakers introduced a bill on Monday that would legalize marijuana in the state. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (D) filed the legislation, which is also being cosponsored by the House speaker. It would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis and cultivate up to eight plants, four of which could be mature. The bill is identical to a proposal the majority leader filed last year, with some minor technical changes. Winkler, who led a statewide listening to gather public input ahead of the measure’s introduction, called it the “best legalization bill in the country” at the time. It did not advance in the legislature, however. “This bill is ready to go from the Minnesota House,” Winkler said at a press conference on Monday. “Our priorities are to end the black market” and provide a “safe, regulated marketplace.” The legislation will give “Minnesotans the freedom to make their own decisions on a product that has some challenges, but is relatively safe, especially compared to other products,” he said. Watch the majority leader talk about his marijuana legalization below:  The majority leader also talked about the need to legalize in a regional context. “As South Dakota legalizes, the ability for Minnesotans to drive across the border to get cannabis increases significantly,” he said. “If people are willing to drive to Wisconsin go and buy fireworks, they certainly will drive to South Dakota to buy cannabis.” Under the proposal, social equity would be prioritized, in part by ensuring diverse licensing and preventing the market from being monopolized by corporate players. Prior marijuana records would also be automatically expunged. On-site consumption and cannabis delivery services would also be permitted. And unlike in many legal states, local municipalities would be banned from prohibiting marijuana businesses…

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