Minneapolis Mayor Says Minnesota Should Be Next to Legalize Marijuana

After Canada officially decided to legalize recreational marijuana this week, many have wondered what state or country will be next. But if the mayor of Minneapolis has his way, it will be Minnesota.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey tweeted a story about Canada legalizing marijuana earlier this week. But he then followed it up by saying, "Let’s make Minnesota next — and then the USA."

The city of Minneapolis in fact has made some changes to their marijuana policies recently. The city's police department announced they would no longer conduct sting operations on low-level marijuana dealers after they discovered that almost all of the people targeted by the stings were black.

It's also possible that Minnesota could legalize marijuana in the near future. Current Governor Mark Dayton opposes legalization and says he will not allow recreational marijuana while in office. However, he's leaving office at the end of this year and a new governor will be elected this November. Minnesota doesn't hold their primary until August, but it's possible a more pro-cannabis candidate will be chosen and take over the office next year.

Unfortunately, that person won't be Frey who only took over as Mayor of Minneapolis this year. We'll have to wait a few more years before we finally get him in a position to legalize cannabis on a broader level.

(h/t CBS Minnesota)

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