It’s important to remember that a vaccine is only one (very powerful) tool in our fight against this pandemic. We’re not out of the woods yet, and it’s important to continue following public health guidelines. Also, if you haven’t been vaccinated yet, I highly encourage you to check out Minnesota’s COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, a tool to help people find out when, where, and how to get a vaccine. It can let you know when you’re eligible to be vaccinated, connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment, and alert you if there are vaccine opportunities nearby. To sign up, visit mn.gov/vaccineconnector or call 833-431-2053. Minnesotans can also contact their healthcare provider, local pharmacy or use the Vaccine Locator Map to search for vaccine providers in their area.
Legalize. Expunge. Regulate.
This week, I voted in favor of legalizing adult-use cannabis as HF600 had a public hearing in the Ag committee. Angela Dawson of the Forty Acre Co-op said the bill will improve racial equity in the criminal justice system, and in agriculture too.
She also spoke about the potential for rural economic development. The bill includes a thoughtful regulatory framework, and a great deal of effort has gone into making sure that small businesses can start and succeed when adult-use cannabis is legalized. As this industry begins, HF600 will create equity, rather than more racial injustice. It’s a bill I’m proud to co-author.