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Despite slow progress at Capitol, legal marijuana supporters see momentum in Minnesota


DAVID JOLES • Star Tribune file

Workers harvested cannabis flowers at LeafLine Labs in Cottage Grove. Enrollees in the state's medical marijuana program will be allowed to smoke raw cannabis flower.

The push to legalize marijuana fell short at the Minnesota Capitol this year, but supporters say political momentum is on their side as more states go that way.

"This day is coming," said state Rep. Jessica Hanson, DFL-Burnsville. First elected last year, Hanson previously led the Minnesota Campaign for Full Legalization, a nonprofit advocacy group. "The vast majority of cannabis users are simply hardworking Minnesotans who deserve our respect."

The Minnesota House approved legislation May 13 on a bipartisan vote to make marijuana use legal for all adults in the state. But the state Senate did not take up the bill, and the Legislature adjourned its regular session last week.


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