Minnesota Marijuana Legalization Bill Receives First Senate Committee Hearing As House Companion Advances

Minnesota Marijuana Legalization Bill Receives First Senate Committee Hearing As House Companion Advances
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A Minnesota Senate committee held a first hearing on a bill to legalize marijuana on Wednesday as companion legislation continues to advance through the House. The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee took up the bill from Sen. Lindsey Port (D) and advanced it without a recommendation in a voice vote, marking the first time that a legalization proposal has ever moved in the chamber. The chair of the committee said at the beginning of the hearing that he and the sponsor have agreed for the bill to return to the panel at a later date before it potentially moves to the floor. Its next step, however, will be the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee on Thursday. A bill that would legalize adult-use cannabis and automatically expunge non-felony records is receiving its first hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The majority of Minnesotans agree: the current cannabis laws in MN are doing more harm than good. It's time to #LegalizeIt. — Minnesota Senate DFL (@SenateDFL) January 25, 2023 Meanwhile, the House companion measure moved through its third committee on Tuesday, and it’s scheduled to go before another panel on Thursday. There are still several more stops on its path to the floor of that body. “The prohibition of cannabis is a failed system that has not achieved the desired goals and has had incredible costs for our communities, especially for communities of color,” Port said at the hearing on Wednesday. “We have an opportunity today to start the process to undo some of the harm that has been done and to create a system of regulation that works for Minnesota consumers and businesses while ensuring an opportunity in this new market for communities that have been affected by prohibition,” the senator said. “Our main goals are to legalize, regulate and…

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