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Minnesota House casts historic vote to legalize marijuana

On 72-61 vote, bill now heads to Senate, where it faces staunch opposition by GOP

 

Glen Stubbe - Star Tribune

Around 40 members of MN NORML and other supporters of legalizing marijuana, listened as the Minnesota House prepared to debate the bill that would legalizing it.

The Minnesota House voted on Thursday to legalize marijuana for adults, the furthest the proposal has ever traveled in the Legislature and a watershed moment on an issue that has long languished in St. Paul.

After more than five hours of debate, the House voted 72-61 in favor of legalization, with support from nearly all Democrats and six Republicans. DFL Gov. Tim Walz supports the measure, but it still faces long odds to become law this year, with just days left in the regular 2021 session and opposition from Republicans in control of the state Senate.

But supporters lauded the package as one that would bring in millions of dollars in new tax revenue to regulate the industry while beginning to address the toll marijuana policing has taken on communities of color.

https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-house-casts-historic-vote-to-legalize-marijuana/600056701/

 

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