New bills would legalize recreational marijuana in Minnesota

Lawmakers have unveiled legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana in Minnesota, hoping to start what they acknowledge is likely to be a long and contentious discussion.

Posted: Jan 28, 2019 11:21 AM
Updated: Jan 28, 2019 1:57 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota lawmakers have proposed legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana to the state, hoping to start what they acknowledge will be a long and contentious discussion.

Edina Democrat Melissa Franzen introduced the measure in the Senate, and Golden Valley Democrat Mike Freiberg proposed it in the House. They said at a news conference their proposal focuses on establishing a regulatory framework for legal sales of recreational cannabis starting in 2022 and for taxing them.

Franzen and Freiberg say they're hoping to at least get hearings on the issue.

While there's a new Democratic majority in the Minnesota House, Republicans still hold a slim majority in the state Senate, where Majority Leader Paul Gazelka issued a statement saying that he doesn't think the legislation will pass this year.

Article Comments

Mason City
Overcast
31° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 31°
Albert Lea
Overcast
30° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 30°
Austin
Overcast
34° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 29°
Charles City
Overcast
30° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 30°
Rochester
Overcast
28° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 23°
Warmer Air Inbound
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Community Events