Minnesota House Approves Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Bill

In #Minnesota, an #adult-use #cannabis legalization measure clears the state house following hours of #debate, after advancing through 12 committees since its introduction in #February. The legislation, which passed by a 72 to 61 #vote, would allow #adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to an ounce and a half of #marijuana, and #cultivate as many as 8 #plants for #personal use. The bill would also #permit on-site cannabis consumption and #delivery services, prioritize #business licensing for social #equity applicants, as well as establish a #retail sales #tax rate of 10 percent. Unlike in many other states with legal recreational marijuana, local jurisdictions would not be allowed to ban cannabis #businesses in their area, though they could impose a cap on their number. Various #GOP-backed amendments were adopted, including ones to earmark portions of tax #revenue for substance abuse treatment and law enforcement #education, protect the privacy and gun rights of cannabis consumers, as well as mandate a state study on the effects of legalization. While #Republican #Senate #Majority Leader Paul Gazelka is receptive to reducing cannabis-related criminal penalties and expanding Minnesota’s #MMJ program, he openly expressed opposition to the #house #bill, meaning it’s unlikely to advance before the legislative session ends #May 17th. If the proposal fails as expected, its most vocal sponsor, house majority leader Ryan Winkler, hopes the policy change will go before state #voters in 2022.

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