A bill to legalize marijuana in Minnesota advanced through its seventh House committee on Tuesday, just two days after the Senate companion was approved in its fourth panel in the chamber.
The measure from Rep. Zack Stephenson (D) is about halfway through its committee process in the House, and now it’s cleared the Workforce Development Finance and Policy Committee in a voice vote.
“Minnesotans are ready for this change. Our current cannabis laws are doing more harm than good,” Stephenson told panel members at the start of the hearing. “Minnesotans deserve the freedom and respect to make their own decisions about cannabis.”
“This bill creates a comprehensive new marketplace that will foster good jobs and good businesses here in Minnesota at all levels of the cannabis industry,” he said.
The Senate version that’s being carried by Sen. Lindsey Port (D) is also moving along according to plan. It has a total of 18 committee stops before potentially reaching the floor.
With majorities in both the House and Senate and control over the governorship this session, Democratic-Farmer-Labor party officials are confident that legalization will be enacted in short order following the extensive committee consideration.
The governor recently released his biennial budget request,
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