Marijuana legalization marks new era for state, but will Minnesotans embrace it?
Celebrations, shrugs and hand-wringing mark the beginning of legal weed in Minnesota
August 7, 2023
On a blocked-off street in downtown Minneapolis, a carefree crowd of Minnesotans lit up their first legal joints here and puffed smoke into the air in front of police officers patrolling the area.
The scent of cannabis grew stronger by the hour outside First Avenue on Tuesday, where hundreds of people gathered for a marijuana legalization block party outside the famous club to celebrate a new chapter in Minnesota's history. Joint in hand, Ryan Ferring grinned widely as he watched it unfold.
"It's just cool to see the open-mindedness," said Ferring, 29, who recently moved back to Minneapolis from Colorado. "It'll be nice to see people accept it more."