The Minnesota Senate is holding a vote on final passage of a marijuana legalization bill—one day after the House signed off on the legislation. Friday’s action is the last step before the reform is sent to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
The 320-page measure from Rep. Zack Stephenson (D) and Sen. Lindsey Port (D) was finalized in a bicameral conference committee meeting on Monday before being sent back to the House and Senate, which had both previously passed differing versions of legalization bills, for reapproval.
Watch the Senate take up the cannabis legalization bill in the video below:
After Friday’s Senate vote, the bill will head to the desk of Gov. Tim Walz (D), who has already pledged to sign it into law and make Minnesota the 23rd state in the U.S. to end marijuana prohibition.
This marks the last legislative step in a months-long process that involved dozens of committee hearings on the proposal before floor consideration.
Who’s ready to pass adult-use cannabis legalization and expungment? Minnesota is ready. I’m ready. The Senate is ready. Today is the day.
Legalize. Regulate. Expunge. https://t.co/jmkJUXdIdT
— Senator Lindsey Port (@Lindsey_Port) May 19, 2023
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