Minnesota Lawmakers’ Poll Shows Growing Support For Marijuana Legalization

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A bill to legalize marijuana in Minnesota might have died in the legislature this session, but a newly released poll conducted by lawmakers shows voters are increasingly ready for the reform. Fifty-eight percent of respondents for the 2021 House of Representatives State Fair Poll said they favor legalizing cannabis for adult use. That’s a modest increase compared to the chamber’s 2019 survey, which showed 56 percent support. Were you one of the more than 5,200 fairgoers who took the annual #mnhouse opinion poll during the 2021 #mnstatefair? See this year's results https://t.co/MMFe724Nzm#mnleg pic.twitter.com/QhpUnp41qO — MNHouseInfo (@MNHouseInfo) September 8, 2021 While the poll is non-scientific in that it didn’t use random sampling, it did have a very large sample size of about 5,200 State Fair attendees. And of the 12 questions on various policy proposals, marijuana legalization proved to be more popular than almost every other issue, with more people backing the reform than supporting proposals such as legalizing sports gambling, allowing to-go alcoholic beverages, imposing a mask mandate at schools, instituting automatic voter registration and banning flavored tobacco products. The Democratic-led House of Representatives approved a bill to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state this year, but it later died in the GOP-controlled Senate. The Senate did not conduct its own State Fair survey this year, but the chamber similarly found that a majority of constituents (55 percent) backed legalization when it asked in 2019. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (D), sponsor of the legalization legislation, said in June that he felt marijuana reform could be taken up during a special session. But that did not come to fruition before it ended in July. While advocates were hopeful about the possibility that further cannabis policy changes could be accomplished in the special session, they also recognized that Senate Majority Leader…

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