'It's coming': Minnesota recreational marijuana bill passes first-ever legislative committee
February 18, 2021
The battle to legalize recreational marijuana gained new life at the Minnesota Capitol on Wednesday after a measure to permit adult cannabis use survived its first committee test.
Supporters of the measure described it as an important racial and criminal justice measure that could also bring millions of dollars in new revenue to a state that's been hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This is an opportunity in the age of COVID, and political and racial disruption and economic uncertainty to open the doors to grow our local economy and bridge the outrageous racial disparities in our state," said Anthony Newby, a north Minneapolis resident who works for a CBD company.