Minnesota House votes to legalize marijuana

A Senate vote is scheduled for Friday, and Gov. Walz supports cannabis legalization


April 26, 2023

Leila Navidi, Star Tribune

Rep. Zack Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids, sponsor of the bill to legalize marijuana, talks to other lawmakers on the House floor on Monday, April 24, 2023, ahead of a vote on his bill.

Minnesota took a step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana for adults after the DFL-controlled House passed the bill Tuesday.

The House approved the measure on a 71-59 vote after a long debate that spanned from Monday night into Tuesday afternoon. Next up is a vote in the Senate, which is scheduled for Friday.

"This is a bill that we can be proud of. I challenge anyone to come up with a bill that has gone through a more rigorous policy development," Rep. Zack Stephenson, a Coon Rapids Democrat who sponsored the bill, said Tuesday. He noted the marijuana bill was vetted by 16 House committees this year and received numerous hearings and public listening sessions in previous years.



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