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Recreational marijuana bill is back at Minnesota Capitol


February 2, 2021


House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, right, introduced a bill on Monday to legalize cannabis. With him are, from left, DFL Reps. Jessica Hanson, Melisa Franzen and Rena Moran.

An influential group of Minnesota legislators is renewing a push to legalize recreational marijuana this year, as more neighboring states allow and reap the financial windfall from legalized cannabis sales.

"The ability for Minnesotans to drive across the border to get cannabis is going to increase significantly," House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, said at a news conference on Monday. "People are willing to drive to Wisconsin in order to buy fireworks. They're sure as heck going to drive to South Dakota to get cannabis."

Fifteen states, including South Dakota and Illinois, have voted to legalize recreational marijuana, and supporters in North Dakota are trying to get legalization on the 2022 ballot.


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