Minnesota Politicians Introduce Recreational Marijuana Legalization Bill

People always speculate about which state will be the next to legalize recreational marijuana. And some Minnesota politicians are hoping that it will be them.

Two Democratic politicians in Minnesota have introduced bills, one in the state house and one in the state senate, to legalize recreational marijuana. Sen. Melisa Franzen and Rep. Mike Freiberg say that continuing marijuana prohibition makes the market more dangerous, and legalizing cannabis will make Minnesota safer. This is actually the second effort to legalize marijuana in the past two weeks, as another bill proposed last week would put ask voters whether or not to amend the state constitution in 2020 to allow legalized cannabis.

Marijuana legalization is gaining momentum in Minnesota after the election of Democrat Tim Walz in November. Walz says if a recreational marijuana bill were to reach his desk, he would sign it.

However, Republicans still control the Minnesota state senate. And already Republican leaders say they will not pass any marijuana bills this year as they are focused on other issues.

“Legalizing recreational marijuana is … not something I would consider a priority issue,” Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said in a statement.

So unfortunately, it sounds like marijuana legalization may be a no-go in Minnesota for now.

(h/t CBS Minnesota)

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