Minnesota Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Another House Committee, With First Senate Hearing Set This Week

Minnesota Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Another House Committee, With First Senate Hearing Set This Week
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A third Minnesota House committee has approved a recently filed bill to legalize marijuana in the state, with another panel already set to take it up on Thursday. The House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee passed the legislation from Rep. Zack Stephenson (D) in a voice vote on Tuesday. It still has several more committee stops before potentially advancing to the floor. Members of the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee approved the measure last week, which followed its initial advancement through the House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee. On the Senate side, companion legislation being sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Port (D) is scheduled for its first hearing in that chamber on Wednesday. “As I’ve said in other committees, Minnesotans are ready. This is the year that we should legalize adult-use cannabis in the state of Minnesota,” Stephenson said in opening remarks on Tuesday. “Minnesotans deserve the freedom and respect to make their own decisions about cannabis, and we also need to recognize that our current laws are doing more harm than good.” With majorities in both the House and Senate and control over the governorship this session, Democratic-Farmer-Labor party officials are confident that legalization will be enacted in short order following the extensive committee consideration. Tuesday’s committee vote took place hours after the governor released his biennial budget request, which included proposed funding to implement marijuana legalization and expungements, and made projections about the millions of dollars in cannabis tax revenue that his office estimates the state will earn after the reform is enacted. The legislation, meanwhile, is an iteration of the 2021 House-passed bill from former Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (D), who now serves as campaign chairman of the advocacy coalition MN is Ready. That group announced last month that it would be lobbying for…

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