Minnesota’s Governor Wants People To Sign A Marijuana Petition Asking Lawmakers To Put Legalization On His Desk

Minnesota’s Governor Wants People To Sign A Marijuana Petition Asking Lawmakers To Put Legalization On His Desk
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The governor of Minnesota is calling on supporters to join lawmakers and the administration in their push legalize marijuana this session, circulating an email blast on Friday that encourages people to sign a petition backing the reform. With the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party in control of the House, Senate and governorship following last year’s election, cannabis legalization has become an especially hot topic in Minnesota, with legislators gearing up to advance the issue with Gov. Tim Walz’s (D) proactive support. On Thursday, lawmakers unveiled a revised legalization bill, which builds on a reform bill that passed the House after going through upwards of a dozen committees in 2021. Former House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (D) championed that legislation, and he’s now serving as chairman of an advocacy coalition focused on cannabis reform. Walz, meanwhile, has been pushing the legislature to move ahead with legalization—and he’s leveraging the recent momentum to build additional support as lawmakers prepare to enact the policy change. As part of that effort, the governor sent out an email blast that begins by saying that “Minnesota’s current cannabis laws are doing more harm than good.” “It’s time for us to follow common sense and harness the proven benefits of legalizing adult-use cannabis—from expanding our economy, improving our criminal justice system, creating good-paying jobs across our state, and creating more space for law enforcement to focus on violent crime,” the email says. Walz’s message mentions the newly unveiled legalization bill that’s being sponsored by Rep. Zack Stephenson (D) and Sen. Lindsey Port (D) in their respective chambers. It then directs people to sign an online petition if they agree that “Minnesotans deserve the freedom to make responsible decisions about cannabis use themselves.” The email and petition, of course, also serve a campaign fundraising goal of generating contact information from potential…

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