Minnesota Legalization Bill Goes Before House Committee Next Week
Minnesotans are one step closer toward the legalization of marijuana.
Cannabis reform legislation in the Gopher State is poised to receive its first hearing in the House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee on Wednesday, Feb.17.
House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler filed a bill earlier this month to allow adults 21 and older to buy and possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis, Marijuana Moment reports.
The legislation also allows the cultivation of up to eight plants (four could be mature, or have between five or seven blades per leaf).
Speaker Melissa Hortman co-sponsored the bill, which is identical to a legislation Winkler filed last year.
Winkler highlighted that existing cannabis laws in Minnesota “are doing more harm than good,” pointing out that a “responsibly regulated market is better than an illegal market.”
Panel chair Rep. Zack Stephenson says he is well aware of how much the state spends on cannabis restrictions.
“We ought to be strategic in where these resources are going so we can be efficient in how we address more pressing public safety needs,” Stephenson added.
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