Minnesota’s Outgoing House Majority Leader Will Lead Push To Legalize Marijuana In 2023 With Revised Bill

Minnesota’s Outgoing House Majority Leader Will Lead Push To Legalize Marijuana In 2023 With Revised Bill
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A coalition of Minnesota activists announced on Thursday that they’ve launched the next phase of a campaign to legalize marijuana in the state, which includes grassroots advocacy and lobbying lawmakers to pass a revised reform bill that advanced through the House last year. Outgoing House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (D) sponsored that legislation, and he’s now joining the coalition as campaign chairman, MN is Ready said in a press release. We're excited to announce the next phase of the MN is Ready campaign that will push for the passage of a comprehensive adult-use cannabis legalization bill in 2023 that prioritizes safety, equity, and Minnesota businesses. #mnisready LEARN MORE: https://t.co/7mKDNjfzil pic.twitter.com/L23AWQb1Cc — MN is Ready (@mnisready) December 29, 2022 The group—which consists of industry stakeholders and community activists from across the state—said it will be launching a 501(c)(4) called MN is Ready Action as the new legislative session begins, which will see the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party holding majorities in both the House and Senate, as well as the governor’s office. “We know that the majority of Minnesotans agree that it’s time to legalize and regulate adult-use cannabis,” Winkler said. “The bill we passed in the House in 2021 went through more than a dozen committees and has since been updated and is ready for reintroduction. I’m confident it’s the right bill and the right time. Minnesota is ready for full legalization.” I am excited to lead the campaign for cannabis legalization in MN—we need to get this done in 2023! #mnleg #MNisReady https://t.co/qIhaJSIF06 — Ryan Winkler (@_RyanWinkler) December 29, 2022 The House-approved legislation, which ultimately stalled in the Senate under GOP control, called for allowing adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana and grow up to eight plants for personal use. Winkler called it the “best…

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