Minnesota Adult-Use Cannabis Bill Steers Through Three House Committees in One Week

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<![CDATA[An adult-use cannabis legalization bill completed a House trifecta last week in Minnesota, where primary sponsor Rep. Ryan Winkler helped steer the legislation through three committees. House File 600 has now been approved by seven committees overall in the lower chamber. First introduced in February, H.F. 600 has 35 lawmakers signed on for sponsorship—all Democrats, who own a 52% majority in the House. Included in the framework of the bill, which would allow for adults 21 years and older to possess up to 10 pounds of cannabis in a private residence, up to 1.5 ounces in public and grow up to eight plants (four mature) for personal use, H.F. 600 also includes expungement, on-site consumption, delivery and social-equity provisions. The bill would also establish a Cannabis Management Board and advisory councils. Mostly tiptoeing along party lines, H.F. 600 cleared the Environmental and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee by an 11-7 vote on April 12, the Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee by a 9-7 vote on April 14, and the State Government Finance and Elections Committee by a 7-5 vote on April 17. Specifically, during the Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee hearing, Rep. Winkler, who is also the House majority leader, said, “The purpose of House File 600 is to eliminate the harm that cannabis has in our society. The primary harm that cannabis poses in Minnesota is the prohibition and criminal enforcement of cannabis. The goal of House File 600 is to shift an illegal marketplace that is policed and overpoliced disproportionately and instead to create a policy of repair and opportunity for those most adversely affected by the war on drugs.”In Minnesota, whites and African Americans use cannabis at approximately the same rate, yet arrest records are even more disproportionate in the state than they are…

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