MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota House will vote on a proposal to legalize marijuana use for adults and expunge minor marijuana convictions on Thursday — the primary time both chamber has ever voted on legalization.
The laws, authored by Democratic House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, of Golden Valley, made its method by a dozen committees stops this legislative session earlier than it is anticipated to go to the House ground for a vote Thursday afternoon within the final full week of the 2021 legislative session.
Passage of the invoice within the Democratic-controlled House is all however assured, at the same time as it isn’t anticipated to get consideration within the GOP-controlled Senate. Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, of East Gull Lake, has stated the proposal just isn’t a precedence this session and the opposed results of legalization in different states needs to be studied first.
Longtime proponents of leisure marijuana say passage within the House alone is a heartening step in the direction of legalization. The proposal will doubtless make a return in the course of the 2022 legislative session and be a subject of debate for candidates in subsequent yr’s election.
Fifteen different states and the District of Columbia have already legalized leisure marijuana for adults to various levels. Minnesota is certainly one of many states that permit medical marijuana, however its restrictions are a number of the nation’s strictest.
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